Police say a South Montgomery County man was evading arrest Wednesday morning when he struck a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office deputy with his vehicle and fled the scene.
The trouble began around 10:30 a.m. when deputies responded to the Nutrition Depot located in a shopping center in the 8000 block of Ashlane Way where they found a store employee involved in a physical altercation with a would-be shoplifter.
The suspect refused to cooperate with deputies and “violently resisted” arrest, according to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office. During the struggle, deputies used a Taser device and pepper spray on the suspect “with little to no effect.”
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The man broke free and ran to his vehicle, which then struck Deputy Cantu, who was knocked to the ground but was not seriously injured. The suspect’s pickup also struck a patrol vehicle and a vehicle belonging to a private citizen. At some point, a deputy fired a shot at the vehicle, but it was not disabled and the suspect continued to flee.
Deputies pursued the suspect who led them to his family’s home, located at 146 Golden Shadow Circle, where he barricaded himself inside. Deputies reportedly made entry and found the suspect at the top of the stairs where he threatened them with a dumbbell. A Taser device was again deployed and the suspect was arrested.
Todd Justine Abercrombie, 24, is charged with robbery; Aggravated Assault against a Peace Officer; Evading arrest; and Driving While Intoxicated.
Police records show Abercrombie pleaded guilty to Driving While Intoxicated in County Court at Law 3 in March 2007 and was sentenced to $100 fine, $344 court costs and 3 days in jail, with credit for time served.
He also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft in May 2008 in County Court at Law 4 and was sentenced to a $200 fine, $274 court costs and no jail time.