Macedonia, OH - Walmart Shoplifter Confronted - Jumps Into Police Cruiser - Tased - Suspect Steals Police Cruiser - Crashes Into SUV - Officer Punched In Face - Runs Back Into Walmart

December 7, 2015

cleveland.com

An Akron man tried to avoid an arrest on shoplifting charges by jumping into a Macedonia police cruiser, according to a report released Monday.

Kevin Moultry, 45, is jailed on $100,000 bond after his initial appearance Monday in Stow Municipal Court. He is charged with aggravated robbery, theft, attempted assault on a police officer.

Moultry and two others walked around Walmart about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. They filled a cart with $193 worth of steak, shrimp, tilapia, lobster, chocolates and Skittles, according to police reports.

Moultry pushed the cart out of the store without paying, police said. He packed up a friend's Nissan SUV as a Walmart security guard who monitored the trio alerted a Macedonia police officer.

The officer arrived and asked Moultry if he stole anything, and Moultry told the officer that he didn't. He also denied the officer's request to search the Nissan. The officer went and looked in the window of the car and saw the items in the backseat, police reports say.

Moultry ran around the parking lot and jumped into the officer's cruiser, police said. The officer grabbed Moultry through the open window and used a stun gun on his chest, according to police reports.

Moultry stepped on the accelerator and drove the cruiser into the back of the Nissan SUV with the officer hanging through the window, police said. The vehicles were only several feet apart. He continued pressing on the accelerator in the hopes the cruiser could push the SUV out of the way, according to police.

The officer reached into the car and put it in park. Moultry punched the officer two or three times in the face, then jumped out of the other side of the cruiser, police said. Moultry ran back into Walmart, shed his hat and coat and tried to leave the store.

Officers from Northfield Village and the Summit County Sheriff arrived to help. Moultry ran from around the parking lot avoiding cruisers. Another Macedonia officer arrived and struck Moultry when he darted from behind a parked car, according to police.

Moultry was thrown to the ground and arrested.

He was treated by paramedics and was taken to Hillcrest Hospital. His injuries are not considered life-threatening, according to police. The officer had a bruised and cut lip from being punched.

The other man with Moultry, Robert Mayberry Jr., 57, of Elyria, pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanor obstructing justice in connection with the incident.

He was fined $100. The woman fled from the area during the incident and has not yet been identified by police.