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Wiley Lymon Jr.

A shopping cart full of unpaid alcohol and a scuffle with a county police officer resulted in several criminal charges Monday against a Fort Wayne man.

A county police officer in uniform last week at a local Kroger noticed 54-year-old Wiley Lymon Jr. load a shopping cart with alcohol and head for the exit of the store without any attempt to pay, according to the probable cause affidavit.

When the officer yelled at Lymon to stop, he instead ran away until the officer tackled him in the parking lot, the report said.

The officer relented when Lymon acted like he couldn’t breathe but started to fight again when the officer relaxed his grip, which led him to take Lymon down again.

Lymon struck the officer in the crotch and ripped his radio off his uniform before two passers-by helped the officer get Lymon in custody, according to the report. In the shopping cart Lymon abandoned, police said they found about $700 of alcohol.

Lymon, of the 3300 block of Cedar Ridge Run, faces felony charges of theft, resisting law enforcement and criminal trespass, and a misdemeanor charge of resisting law enforcement.