HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Hampton police continue to search for a 25-year-old who they say assaulted one of their police officers Tuesday afternoon.
Detectives believe Isaiah Maalik Patrick — whose latest address is listed as Newport News on court paperwork — is responsible for striking an officer to the point where the officer had to be taken to the hospital.
It all happened when the officer tried to take the suspect into custody at the entrance to the Rite Aid on the corner of Kecoughtan Road and LaSalle Avenue.
Two officers were called to the store just after 2:30 p.m. for a shoplifting/trespassing call, according to Hampton police spokesman, Cpl. Amanda Moreland. When they arrived they found the suspect, who gave them false information about who he was.
When one of the officers tried to place the man under arrest that is when the fight occurred — leading to the officer’s injuries. The suspect ran away east down Kecoughtan road. While the other officer initially chased after him, the officer sustained an injury to his knee that allowed the suspect to getaway.
Both officers were taken to the hospital and are expected to recover according to Chief of Police Terry Sult.
”The worst fear any police officer or chief can have, is if one of our own was injured,” Sult said.
Meanwhile the search is ongoing for Patrick who now has warrants out for his arrest on charges of Malicious Wounding of a Law Enforcement Officer, Obstruction of Justice, and Providing False Information to Police, according to a release sent Tuesday night.
“You get an officer down call, you’re going to get a very large response,” Sult said.
Patrick was last seen in the area of Victoria Boulevard and Ivy Home Road, according to police. He is described as a black male, last seen wearing a multi-colored shirt under a white jacket with black stripes, dark-colored pants, and a bandana on his head.
Sult said that he has caused problems at the Rite Aid store before by damaging displays.
He known to law enforcement as he was charged with shoplifting back in June 2020 and has been found guilty of Fleeing from Law Enforcement in Prince Williams County.
“”He was sort of a pitiful soul and that’s what caught my attention,” said Rusty Evans, who was going to pick up a prescription when everything occurred. “It’s a shame we have these criminals that live among us. That’s what upsets me the most.”
If you or anyone you know has information that will assist police, they are encouraged to contact the Hampton Police Division at 757–727–6111 or the Crime Line at 1–888-LOCK-U-UP. Tipsters can also send an anonymous tip by visiting our secure tip form at P3Tips.com. Crime Line callers remain anonymous and never appear in court. If a Crime Line tip results in an arrest, the caller may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000
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