Police: Man stole from Walmart, pushed officer while fleeing
KELLY TOWNSHIP - A Lewisburg man faces multiple charges after allegedly stealing from Walmart, running from police and pushing a state trooper to escape arrest in this Union County township.
Jesus Alexander Santana Reyes, 33, was committed to Union County Prison in lieu of $125,000 following the Thursday incident, according to state police at Milton.
Reyes was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge John H. Reed on charges of one felony of criminal trespass and five misdemeanors of retail theft, flight to avoid apprehension, recklessly endangering another person, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
Trooper Jason R. Caccia said he responded to a retail theft at the department store at 120 Ajk Blvd., Lewisburg, at 4 p.m. Thursday. Walmart Loss Prevention employees told Caccia Reyes fled the scene when confronted.
When Reyes was spotted later, he fled into an apartment in Shelly Circle, where police attempted to coax the man to exit the residence via PA system, police said.
Reyes refused to come out, and police learned there were two juvenile children in the apartment with him. Officers called a family member for help.
When police entered the apartment, Reyes allegedly fled onto an elevated deck where he jumped to the ground below, police said.
Once on the ground, a physical confrontation allegedly ensued between Reyes and a trooper. Reyes wrestled away from the trooper and forcibly pushed him, police said.
Reyes allegedly ran south across Ziegler Road into a wooded area, where police took him into custody after deploying a Taser, police said.