An arrested Glen Burnie man being transported from court back to the detention center allegedly kicked an officer in the stomach while being loaded into a van and also stole the policeman's cell phone.
Bena Forrester, 29, already was under arrest for allegedly tampering with cars in Murray Hill. Added to those charges were second-degree assault, failure to obey a lawful order, reckless endangerment and theft of less than $1,000.
Officers were escorting Forrester out of the Glen Burnie District Court to a police prisoner transport van around 5 a.m. on Thursday after a hearing with a court commissioner.
He was charged with rogue and vagabond, possession of burglary tools and theft of less than $100 after officers reported seeing him and two other Annapolis men pulling on car doors on Water Street Wednesday night.
Police said Forrester grew agitated as the hearing progressed. He argued with the commissioner, ripped his statement of charges to pieces and repeatedly tried to avoid being re-cuffed by officers in order to leave the building.
Once outside the courthouse, police said Forrester started yelling profanities at the officers and refused to get back in the transport van despite repeated orders.
Forrester finally appeared to comply and stepped up into the back of the van, but police said as he bent down to enter, he kicked backwards hitting an officer in the stomach while yelling a profanity.
A struggle ensued and officers forced Forrester into the van. On the way back to the Jennifer Road Detention Center in Annapolis, one of the officers realized that his iPhone was missing.
Police said they asked Forrester if he had seen the phone. He denied having it, but police reported that they found the iPhone in Forrester's back pocket.
He was charged for a second time back at the detention center by the officer he kicked, according to police reports.
Forrester reportedly told the officer, "If I knew you were going to charge me with it, I would have hit you harder."
He is being held at jail on a $75,000 bond for the assault charges, and a $7,500 bond for the earlier charges related to the incident on Water Street.