A Syracuse man has been charged with second-degree obstruction of governmental administration, resisting arrest and second-degree harassment after trying to steal food from Panera Bread in DeWitt, said DeWitt Police Chief Eugene Conway.
Darryl E. Freeman, 48, of Syracuse, is alleged to have entered Panera Bread the morning of Monday, Oct. 3, stolen food and exited. DeWitt Police were called to the scene at approximately 9:47 a.m., at which time the suspect had just left the store, police said. While officers were still searching the area, an employee reported that the suspect was back inside.
According to police, DeWitt Police Officer Glen Wintermute found Freeman in the bathroom and attempted to talk to him, but the suspect locked himself in a stall. Upon gaining access to the stall, Officer Wintermute gave Freeman several commands to come out, at which point the suspect became combative.
As Officer Wintermute tried to remove Freeman from the stall, the suspect struck him in the chin and arm with his fists. Officer Jeffrey MacDonald intervened, using a taser on Freeman to gain compliance.
The suspect was not injured and was transported from Panera Bread to the Dewitt Police Department, police said. Officer Wintermute suffered a minor abrasion to his chin and arm.
Freeman was arraigned in town of DeWitt Court by Judge Gideon and remanded to the justice center on $2,500 cash or bail bond.