Man Fights Through Taser, Avoids Apprehension After Shoplifting in West Hartford Using LimeBike to Assist Escape: PD

Police in West Hartford are searching for a man who they say stole candy from a local grocery store and fought through a taser to avoid apprehension on Friday.

Officers were called to the Aldi on New Park Avenue around 10:37 a.m. after getting a report of a shoplifting. When officers arrived, they found a person who matched the description on a "Lime" bicycle. Police said the person would not stop and comply with the officer.

An officer tackled the suspect to the ground, but the suspect was able to run away with the officer in a foot pursuit. The officer caught up with the suspect in a yard on Foley Street and deployed his taser, but the suspect was able to fight through it and ran off. The officer sustained minor injuries during the chase, but did not require medical attention, police said.

Police set up a perimeter and a K9 team was brought in to search for the suspect, but they could not find him.

Officers said the suspect stole about $90 worth of candy from Aldi that they recovered.

In photos provided by police, the suspect can be seen wearing a black and red hat, a black shirt and jeans with a black backpack. 

If you think you recognize the suspect in the photos, you're encouraged to call West Hartford Police at 860-523-5203.

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