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A Columbus man found himself under arrest after a retail store security employee was struck and police were led on a lengthy pursuit, Columbus police said.
Marlon Cowan Jr., 37, of 2935 Lamplight Drive, was arrested Saturday on 10 charges after police responded to a shoplifting report.
Surveillance video taken shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday at the eastside Columbus Walmart, 735 Whitfield Drive, showed a man attempting to walk out of the store without paying for several items in his pockets, Columbus Police Department spokesman Lt. Matt Myers said.
When a store security specialist, who already had called police, approached the suspect, the man struck the employee on the side of the head, although not causing serious injury, Myers said.
The man jumped into a 1997 Pontiac Grand Am and sped into the nearby Kohl’s parking lot before making his way west to Marr Road, with Columbus Police Sgt. Matt Harris in pursuit, Myers said.
Other officers tried to use stop sticks to bring the pursuit to a halt, but the suspect evaded them and drove across a grassy lot behind the Bartholomew County Youth Services Center on Illinois Avenue, Myers said.
As he attempted to get out of the grassy area, one of his tires went flat, and his Grand Am struck and damaged a house and a brick fire pit between Cleveland and Cherry streets, Myers said.
The driver crossed Indiana Avenue before finally coming to a halt in an alley, where he abandoned his car and ran off on foot, Myers said.
Cowan was found hiding under a porch and taken into custody, Myers said.
Investigators learned Cowan was sought on two Bartholomew County arrest warrants for driving while suspended and delinquent child support, Myers said.
During the short foot pursuit, officers found a sack containing a large amount of what police believe is methamphetamine and a plastic bag containing marijuana, Myers said.
Cowan was arrested on charges of:
Cowan was being held Monday in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of a $3,500 surety bond.
The office of Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash will determine what if any formal charges to file in the case.
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