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Teen tries to flee; arrested on suspicion of retail theft

April 21st, 2011 Posted in Opinion

By Emily Pannell Johnson

LOGAN—A 16-year-old male was booked into the Juvenile Attention Center April 13, after running from a Logan City Police officer who thought the juvenile matched the description of a retail theft suspect.

Logan Police Lt. Brad Franke said the 16-year-old was booked on one count of failing to stop at the lawful command of a peace officer, before being turned over to the North Park Police Department where Chief of Police Kim Hawkes said the boy was booked on one count of retail theft.

Franke said that following a theft at the North Logan Walmart, an attempt to locate was issued that included a description of the suspect. A Logan City Police officer in the area of the transit center at 150 E. 500 North observed a male matching the description of the retail theft suspect exiting a bus, Franke said; the 16-year-old and the officer made eye contact.

“It was kind of like a movie thing where they both spot each other and the kid takes off running,” Franke said.

The boy jumped a fence, Franke said, and the officer ordered him to stop, but the boy continued until the officer lost sight of him. Franke said that with the help of witnesses, the officer found the boy hiding behind a dumpster.

Franke said the officer struggled to gain compliance from the 16-year-old, who was verbally confrontational and told the officer to “tase me, pig.”


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