MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - A 29-year-old man caught with a backpack stuffed with over $1,300 in stolen items had to be brought down with the aid of a Taser over the weekend after running from, and later fighting officers, a police report states.
Mt. Pleasant police responded to reports of a suspicious person near Spoonbill Lane Sunday around 3:27 a.m. As officers approached the area, police say they were spotted by a man carrying a backpack, who then took off running.
The report states the suspect, later identified as Nicholas Marsalko, lost his footing while running and fell, allowing officers to catch up to him. He then attempted to fight one of the responding officers.
After reportedly telling Marsalko to stop multiple times, an officer fired his Taser at the suspect's back to take him down. He was then arrested.
Officers say a search of Marsalko's backpack uncovered sunglasses, a GPS, wallets, headphones, a watch, cash, and many other items that were reported stolen.
The suspect told police he found the backpack, and knew nothing about reports of car break-ins in the area.
Marsalko was transported to East Cooper Hospital to be treated for injuries sustained during his arrest.
Marsalko was charged with breaking into a motor vehicle and assault on a police officer. He is being held at Charleston County Detention Center on a $15,000 bond.