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Man accused of fighting with cop on Pittsburgh's South Side

Tony LaRussa
| Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, 7:27 a.m.
A man was arrested after he tried to punch and kick a police officer who tried to stop him from stealing food and beer from a Giant Eagle on the South Side.
A man was arrested after he tried to punch and kick a police officer who tried to stop him from stealing food and beer from a Giant Eagle on the South Side.

A man from Pittsburgh’s South Side was arrested Wednesday night after he tried to punch and kick a police officer who tried to stop him from stealing food and beer from a local supermarket, according to authorities.

Warren Robinson III, 29, was at the Giant Eagle on Wharton Street in the South Side around 9:20 p.m. when an officer working a security detail spotted him putting a bottle of beer into his backpack and food items down his pants and under his shirt, according to a criminal complaint.

Robinson told the officer that he planned to pay for the items, the complaint said.

The complaint said the officer informed Robinson that the beer section was closed and the bottle had to be returned, but he could pay for the food. Robinson then got into “an aggressive stance” and told the officer, “I don’t care who you are, I will fight you anytime,” according to the complaint.

The officer told Robinson to return all the items and attempted to escort him out of the store. When Robinson insisted on going back into the store, the complaint said, the officer tried to place him under arrest.

As the officer tried to put Robinson in handcuffs, he “attempted to kick and throw a punch at me” at the officer but missed and ran away, the complaint said.

The officer chased down Robinson and used pepper spray to try to subdue him, but he broke free and ran until a passerby tackled him and held him down until he could be handcuffed, according to the complaint.

Robinson was charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, defiant trespass, disorderly conduct, retail theft and public drunkenness.

Tony LaRussa is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tony at 724-772-6368 or or via Twitter @TonyLaRussaTrib.

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