BRISTOL CT July 4 2010 – A police officer was injured Saturday capturing a Plainville man suspected of the mid-day robbery at the local Home Depot.
At 12:02 p.m., officers were detailed to the Home Depot, 1149 Farmington Ave., on a complaint of a robbery in progress.
Security personnel from the store said they saw a man attempting to leave the store with merchandise that had not been paid for. The perpetrator became combative, police said, when store personnel they tried to restrain him. One of the store security officers was assaulted in the struggle.
The suspect escaped and fled the scene. He was described to police as a large white male, wearing green cargo shorts and a blue baseball style cap.
While checking an area several blocks from the suspect. Officer Gary Vincent found a male fitting the description.
The man fled and a foot pursuit began, police said. The officer caught the perpetrator and a Taser stun gun was used, police said, with minimal affect.
Inn a struggle with the male. Vincent received injuries to his left arm, left wrist, face and torso area.
The perpetrator was taken into custody with the help of several other officers.
Vincent was treated at Bristol Hospital for his injuries and released, police said.
The suspect, Michael Barracliff, 44, of 50 Linden St., Plainville, was charged with robbery 3rd degree, larceny 6th degree (shoplifting), criminal mischief 3rd degree, resisting arrest, assault in the 3rd degree, assaulting a police officer, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, and interfering with an officer. He was held on a $500,000 surety bond pending arraignment in Bristol Superior Court on Tuesday.