A Baltimore County man remained in jail yesterday after an incident Wednesday in which police said he fled from a burglary in Towson and later punched an officer while trying to take the officer's gun and pepper spray.
Ronald Lee Moore, 32, of the 1900 block of Armco Way was charged with one count of first-degree burglary, three counts of second-degree assault and one count of destruction of property. He was being held yesterday at Baltimore County Detention Center.
Police said they received a call about 2: 30 p.m. Wednesday from a resident of the 7100 block of Heathfield Drive who heard an alarm sounding at another home and went to investigate.
A man fled from a second-floor window, according to the police report.
Officer Shane Henschen spotted Moore running and ordered him to stop, police said. The officer also saw two civilians, a county firefighter captain and a Towson University student, chasing Moore.
Henschen caught up with Moore, who is accused of grabbing Henschen's handgun with both hands and attempted to take it, police said, while the county firefighter grabbed Moore by the neck.
According to Henschen's report, "while continuing to yell, 'You're going to shoot me' and resisting arrest, the subject punched [me] in the face with his fist and then attempted to take the canister of [pepper] spray from my gun belt."
The two civilians held Moore while Henschen arrested him.
"Without the help of those citizens, we might have had a much worse outcome," said Cpl. Vickie Warehime, a county police spokeswoman. "It was also the good work of neighbors who were alert and gave a good witness description."
The homeowner said nothing was taken from the home.
Police said they recovered several items from Moore's truck, including a handgun.