Two cops in­jured in pur­suit of bur­glary sus­pect

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - NEWS - By Penny Ray pen­nyray@tren­to­ @Pen­ny_Ray on Twit­ter

TREN­TON » A man on the run fol­low­ing a Ewing bur­glary was ar­rested in the cap­i­tal city af­ter a foot chase and tus­sle that left two cops in­jured.

Barry Phox, 47, of Vineland, is charged with of­fenses in Ewing and Tren­ton af­ter he al­legedly stole tools from a re­cy­cling shop on Cal­houn Street, then punched a city cop in the jaw.

Of­fi­cials say Tren­ton cops were sent to help catch a bur­glary sus­pect near the in­ter­sec­tion of Southard Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boule­vard around 7 a.m. Tues­day. City cops were given a de­scrip­tion of a sus­pect be­ing chased by Ewing po­lice.

Tren­ton cops then saw Phox — who matched the sus­pect’s de­scrip­tion — run­ning through the Don­nelly Homes hous­ing com­plex, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials who say Phox ig­nored po­lice com­mands and re­fused to stop.

Phox even­tu­ally en­coun­tered an 8-foot fence, and that’s when flight mode be­came fight mode.

When a cop caught up to him, of­fi­cials say, Phox turned around and hit Of­fi­cer Domenic Tuc­cillo in the jaw.

Tuc­cillo then used pep­per spray to sub­due Phox to the point where he could place him in hand­cuffs, which even­tu­ally hap­pened af­ter a brief strug­gle.

Tuc­cillo was cleared to re­turn to duty af­ter med­i­cal at­ten­tion, but Of­fi­cer Michael Turner in­jured his achilles ten­don dur­ing the foot chase and re­quires ad­di­tional hos­pi­tal treat­ment.

Phox did not re­quire med­i­cal at­ten­tion aside from treat­ment due to the pep­per spray.

In Tren­ton, Phox is charged with ag­gra­vated as­sault on law en­force­ment, re­sist­ing ar­rest and ob­struct­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion of law. In Ewing, he is charged with bur­glary.

Of­fi­cials say Phox stole tools from work trucks that were parked at Mercer Wreck­ing & Re­cy­cling, which sparked the foot chase.

Barry Phox

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