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Bel Air Police use Taser on man suspected of stealing from Target

An Abingdon man suspected of stealing items, including a mountain bike, from Target in Bel Air Saturday allegedly assaulted two police officers as he tried to flee, Bel Air Police said.

Jonathan Andrew Myers, 19, of the 100 block of Edith Stone Drive, is charged with resisting arrest, theft $100 to $1,500, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of second-degree assault on law enforcement, parole and probation, fire or EMS.

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Bel Air Police were called around 9 p.m. Saturday to Target at 580 Marketplace Drive, for a possible theft in progress. Loss prevention staff at Target, monitoring Myers via the store’s surveillance cameras, allegedly saw Myers putting merchandise inside two backpacks, according to a news release from the Bel Air Police Department.

Myers, pushing a mountain bike he had removed from display, approached the register area and after passing all points of sale, was confronted by loss prevention employees inside the store. Myers allegedly tried flee the store, Bel Air Police said.

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Bel Air officers immediately responded and attempted to apprehend Myers, who allegedly began fighting with the responding officers. One officer used a departmental issued TASER to subdue Myers and stop his alleged assault on another officer. Myers stopped briefly, but allegedly continued to resist being arrested and fight with officers until additional officers arrived and were able to get him handcuffed.

Myers was then taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center by Bel Air volunteer fire company ambulance for an eye laceration and evaluation as a result of falling during the incident.

Once Myers was treated and released, he was taken to the Harford County Detention Center and was being held Monday on $3,000 bail.

During the altercation, Cpl. Alex McComas, a 17-year veteran of the agency, sustained minor injuries and was also taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center. He was treated and released from the hospital early Sunday morning.

Jonathan Myers, 19, of Abingdon, allegedly tried to steal a mountain bike and other items from Target Saturday.
Jonathan Myers, 19, of Abingdon, allegedly tried to steal a mountain bike and other items from Target Saturday. (Courtesy Harford Sheriff's Offic / Baltimore Sun)

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