Struggle to restrain suspect: Police
How do you stop a suspect who remains unfazed after getting hit by pepper spray, a Taser and a police baton?
That question was posed to Anne Arundel police Sunday night after a woman called them around 7 p.m. to report a man had walked into the street at Waugh Chapel Road and Dairy Farm Road in Odenton, beat repeatedly on the hood of her vehicle, then sat on her vehicle's bumper.
An officer first tried to get the man to move the easy way, issuing “simple verbal commands” for him to take his hands out of his pockets and show ID, police said in a news release. The man, who police said appeared to be high or drunk, did not respond.
The officer next tried to handcuff the man, but failed, police said. So did the officer’s backup. An officer then tried pepper spray. According to the news release, that only made him mad. The man lifted one of the officers up, threw him to the ground and tried to grab his gun, according to the news release.
More backup arrived, and officers tried a Taser on the still-resistant suspect, police said. It, too, was “ineffective,” police said.
An officer then tried striking the suspect’s legs with a baton. Also “ineffective,” police said.
Four officers working together were finally able to control the suspect, identified as 33-year-old Stephen Lee Wise, and apply hand and leg restraints, police said.
Wise was transported to a hospital and later released and charged with disorderly conduct, attempted destruction of property, resisting arrest, two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer and attempting to disarm a law enforcement officer. Two officers were also treated and released from the hospital, police said.
The suspect’s vehicle, a green Jeep Grand Cherokee, was located a short distance away in the left turn lane of Chapelgate Drive. It was idling unattended with its driver’s door open, police said.
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