A South Side man was arrested Wednesday night after he tried to punch and kick a police officer who tried to stop him from stealing food and beer from a local supermarket, according to authorities.
Warren Robinson III, 29, was at the Giant Eagle on Wharton Street in the South Side at around 9:20 p.m. when an officer working a security detail spotted him putting a bottle of beer into his backpack and food items down his pants and under his shirt, according to a criminal complaint filed in support of the charges.
When Robinson was confronted he told the officer that he planned to pay for the items.
The officer informed Robinson that the beer section was closed and the bottle had to be returned, but he could pay for the food in his possession.
Robinson then got into “an aggressive stance” and told the officer “I don’t care who you are I will fight you anytime,” according to the complaint.
The officer told Robinson to return all the items and attempted to escort him out of the store, telling him not to return.
When Robinson insisted on going back into the store the officer tried to place him under arrest, according to the complaint.
As the officer tried to put Robinson in handcuffs he “attempted to kick and throw a punch at me” but missed and ran away.
The officer used a radio to report the incident to the Zone 3 and chased after Robinson.
The two tangled in the store’s parking lot and the officer used pepper spray to try to subdue Robinson, who was able to break free and run away.
A passerby then tackled Robinson and held him down until he could be handcuffed.
Robinson was charged of aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, resisting arrest, defiant trespass, disorderly conduct, retail theft and public drunkenness.
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