Crime Briefs Man tries to use Taser on deputy
A Newton County deputy nearly had his Taser used on him when he was wrestled to the ground by a man attempting to elude him Sept. 10.
The deputy noticed a man and woman walking in the area of Brown Bridge and Woodlawn roads at roughly 2 a.m., according to a Newton County Sheriff’s Office report. Thinking the behavior was suspicious; the deputy stopped the couple and asked if he could speak with them.
Both the man and the woman reportedly walked over to the deputy with no problems, but when asked for identification both allegedly told the deputy they had none on them. They were asked for their names and dates of birth and they both supplied them. The male reportedly said his name was Natravis Height.
But while waiting on dispatch to come back with the couple’s information, the deputy reportedly spied a wallet sticking out of the man’s back pocket. The deputy asked if he could search the man to make sure he had no contraband on him and while searching his back pocket he found a wallet.
The man, later identified as Curtis Ishmel Hardy, allegedly turned around when the deputy removed his wallet and said that was his wallet. He then, according to reports, snatched the wallet from the deputy’s hands and took off running.
A chase ensued and the deputy followed Hardy behind a house just off of Brown Bridge Road. As Hardy went around the side of the house, the deputy attempted to shoot him with his Taser, but the prongs missed Hardy’s body. Hardy reportedly continued running through the backyard of the home until he came to a fence. The deputy once again fired his Taser at Har- dy but it was ineffective again.
Hardy reportedly ran from the fence to a swing set where the deputy was able to grab him and take him to the ground, but once on the ground Hardy allegedly grabbed the deputy’s Taser and yanked it from his hands.
The deputy was able to grab Hardy’s hands and keep him from using his weapon against him, according to reports, but then Hardy allegedly pinned the deputy to the ground and for approximately 30 seconds, the deputy was unable to move.
Hardy then reportedly let the deputy go and ran into thewoods behind a daycare on Woodlawn Road. Once inside the woods, the deputy was unable to keep up and Hardy was able to elude capture.
An officer from the Covington Police Department was on patrol at Wal-Mart after 11 p.m. Thursday night when he reportedly noticed the store’s security office speaking with a group of people outside of the store.
The officer pulled over to the group and the security officer allegedly told him one of the men had taken items from the store without paying for them. As the man, identified as Joshua Dylan Kraft, was being arrested for shoplifting, the officer reportedly noticed a strong smell of alcohol coming from the man’s person and breath.
According to reports from an employee of the store, Kraft was observed removing several types of beer from the shelf and from six-pack containers and concealing them. Kraft was then allegedly left the store with the concealed booze.
When the security guard confronted Kraft in the parking lot, according to reports, and Kraft allegedly returned two Fosters, one Heineken, one Sweetwater and one Sierra beer— valued on total of $31.83.
He was placed under arrest and transported to the Newton County Detention Center where he was charged with shoplifting and possession/consumption of alcohol by a minor.