Police: Man bit, pushed officers
— A man remained jailed Tuesday after he allegedly bit an officer and pushed another one when they tried to arrest him at an Elkton grocery store as a shoplifting suspect, police reported.
The incident started at Redner’s Market in the 300 block of Augustine Herman Highway about 5 p.m. Saturday, when a loss prevention employee there stopped a man because he allegedly was attempting to push a shopping cart holding more than $300 in groceries out of the store without paying, police said.
When Elkton Police Department officers arrived, the employee was detaining the man inside the store, police added.
After officers learned the man’s name — Michael A. Sullivan, 37, of Newark, Del. — a computer check revealed that the Lancaster County (Pa.) Sheriff’s Office wanted Sullivan on an outstanding arrest warrant, according to Capt. Joseph Zurolo, an EPD spokesman.
As EPD Officers Anthony Devine and Thomas Saulsbury tried to take Sullivan
into custody, he pushed Devine down and ran, police said. Saulsbury, who is listed in court records as the arresting officer, caught Sullivan before he could exit the store and a scuffled occurred, police added.
Sullivan allegedly bit Saulsbury’s thigh at one point during the tussle, which Devine and the loss prevention employee joined, according to Zurolo. They were able to subdue and handcuff Sullivan moments later.
Devine suffered a sprained wrist and a cut, Zurolo said. The suspect’s bite did not break Saulsbury’s skin, he added. Devine and Saulsbury did not require medical attention, and neither officer missed any time at work, Zurolo reported.
Sullivan is facing eight criminal charges, including theft of property valued at less than $1,000, resisting arrest and two counts of second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, according to Cecil County District Court records.
Scheduled for a Sept. 12 trial, Sullivan remained in the Cecil County Detention Center in lieu of $25,000 bond on Tuesday night, court records show.