Man Tasered, ar­rested af­ter al­legedly punch­ing of­fi­cer

Re­port­edly threw cook­ies at McDon­ald’s em­ploy­ees be­fore­hand

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum - By ANDREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­ Twit­ter: @An­drew_IndyNews

A Wal­dorf man was sub­dued by Taser and ar­rested on Mon­day night af­ter re­port­edly punch­ing a police of­fi­cer in the head out­side of the McDon­ald’s lo­cated on the 11000 block of Mall Cir­cle.

Be­fore the al­leged as­sault, Gre­gory Sylvester Blak­eney, 24, up­set that he could not re­trieve his pay­check from the restau­rant, hopped over the counter and be­gan throw­ing cook­ies at work­ers, ac­cord­ing to court records.

Blak­eney was ad­vised that he could get the check the next day. When he walked out­side, he passed Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice Pfc. D. Behm’s police ve­hi­cle and re­port­edly be­gan to in­ten­tion­ally ag­i­tate the ca­nine inside, caus­ing it to start bark­ing. The deputy told him to stop dis­turb­ing the dog and ad­vised him to leave the premises or he would be ar­rested, as he ap­proached him.

“Blak­eney failed to com­ply with the or­der and [turned] to­wards me,” Behm wrote in the charg­ing doc­u­ments.

When the of­fi­cer tried to ar­rest Blak­eney, he al­legedly tried to pull away from his grasp and “then swung a closed right fist” strik­ing Behm in the head, po- lice records in­di­cate.

A brief strug­gle en­sued and Blak­eney was de­tained af­ter an as­sist­ing of­fi­cer de­ployed his Taser while an­other deputy placed hand­cuffs on him.

Blak­eney was re­leased on his own re­cog­ni­zance on Wed­nes­day and is sched­uled for a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing on May 13.

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