LEWES, Del. - A fight between a Delaware State Police Officer and a suspect at a Lewes Wawa was filmed on a cell phone.
The police officer can be seen wrestling with 28-year-old Reginald McGlotten of Millsboro. He was trying to subdue the suspect after asking him to leave the Wawa store. Police say a fight broke out among a large group of people inside. When the officer arrived, he attempted to take McGlotten into custody, but the suspect threw a punch at him.
Marcus Katsetos was outside at the time and caught the whole interaction on tape.
"The kid swung on him, he... tried to restrain the guy and that's when three four several others got involved and tried to break it up," Katsetos said. "Just kind of got out of hand."
Wawa customer Larry Sullivan watched the video and said he thinks it's pretty crazy.
"I love things like that," he said. "I usually see them on YouTube but not so lucky to get em right here in my hometown."
According to witnesses, once the police officer arrived, the Wawa parking lot was full of people and there were about 20 people inside gearing up for a big fight. Katsetos said it seemed like the police officer was outnumbered.
That fact concerned some other customers, like Beth Eickhoff.
"I would not want the cop to be wrestling on the floor," she said "I think he could of handled that in a different manner."
But police said physical force was necessary since the suspect threw a punch but did not draw a weapon.
What the video does not show is McGlotten getting away. While the officer was trying to detain him, other people got involved and the suspect at a chance to escape. He ran outside, and that's when back-up arrived. Police said he resisted arrest and they ended up using a stun gun on him and then arrested him.
"You could tell he was doing everything in his power not to do that, he wanted to restrain him and just throw him in the car and leave, but the guy left him no choice," Katsetos said.
Katsetos also said people in the group appeared intoxicated.
McGlotten was charged with resisting arrest, conspiracy, offensive touching and disorderly conduct. He is currently being held at Sussex Correctional Institution on bond. Police are still looking for the other people involved.
Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:04 PM EDT2014-08-28 03:04:24 GMT
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