2012-01-06 / Top Stories

Local Busted, Fights Nassau Cops

By Howard Schwach

A Far Rockaway man was arrested on December 28 on multiple charges after a shoplifting incident in Lawrence, Long Island, which ended when the defendant fought with the officers attempting to arrest him and then fled the scene.

According to Nassau County detectives, around 6:31 p.m., Fourth Precinct police officers responded to the Radio Shack on Rockaway Turnpike in Lawrence to investigate a shoplifting incident.

As officers approached the defendant, identified as Walter Howard, 30, in order to place him into custody, he struck one officer repeatedly about the face and head and threw him to the ground, police said. When another officer attempted to assist, the defendant fled and a foot pursuit ensued.

According to police, a second officer fell during the foot chase, injuring his right hand.

Officers pursued Howard to Rockaway Turnpike where they attempted to place him into custody. A struggle ensued and another officer injured his hand.

Three officers were removed to a local hospital where they were treated and released.

Howard is charged with three counts of assault in the second degree, petit larceny and resisting arrest. He was arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on Thursday, December 29.

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