Cops: Shoplifter fights Belk's employee, captured in Mt. Pleasant neighborhood

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - A North Charleston man is behind bars after police say he fought a loss prevention employee at a Belk then fled to a neighborhood in Mount Pleasant.

The Mount Pleasant Police Department arrested 33-year-old Maurice Rashan Fulton.

Fulton's arrest stems from an incident on Tuesday afternoon when a police officer responded to 1200 Belk Drive for a shoplifter who was fighting a loss prevention employee.

The employee told the responding officer he saw the suspect on surveillance video walking to a rack of shirts, taking four polo shirts, bundle them into a ball and then conceal them under his jacket and pants.

Authorities say the suspect then walked with an accomplice, a possible lookout, and asked an associate for some paper from the register.

When the suspect began to walk out the door the loss prevention officer identified himself to the suspect and told him to come with him, investigators said.

According to a report, the suspect refused to come with the officer and the accomplice left the area quickly.

The officer said the suspect then took an "aggressive stand in attempt to flee" with the stolen merchandise and a fight then started between the officer and the suspect with both going on the ground.

The report states the fight lasted a minute during which an alarm tower was knocked down near the cosmetic door.

The officer reported that the suspect continued to fight him, ignored his commands and told him that he has kids and he was not going to jail.

The suspect then injured the officer's elbow and fled down the center of the store near the parking garage, police say.

The officer then chased the suspect to Hungry Neck Boulevard.

A concerned citizen told the responding MPPD officer that he saw the suspect behind a home near Oak Tree Lane in the Sweetgrass neighborhood.

The suspect was then seen crossing the street to another home. The officer said he then chased the suspect giving him commands to stop.

During the chase, police say the suspect jumped a fence to a backyard, then jumped an 8-foot wooden fence.

Officers eventually detained the suspect after he was captured in the woods at Seaside Farms.

The loss prevention officer sustained a puncture wound to his elbow, lacerations on his forearm and an abrasion to his head.

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