Crime Briefs Man tries to use Taser on deputy

The Covington News - - Local News - By Am­ber Pittman

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.

Booze-nap­per

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.

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