Po­lice: Man bit, pushed of­fi­cers

Cecil Whig - - OPINION - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

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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.

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