The arrest was in regards to a report from the Loss Prevention Officer at Walmart, who reported that the suspect, Leslie Andre Williams had left the store with several stolen items in his possession. As officers arrived, they located the suspect in a vehicle on the parking lot. When Kennett Police officers; Joe Stewart and Loraine Burton asked the suspect to get out of the vehicle, he struck Officer Stewart in the face.
As Williams attempted to escape the officers, he and Officer Stewart fell to the pavement during a scuffle, where the officer injured his left hand. The suspect then fled behind the store on foot, where Dunklin County Deputy Sheriff, Kandace Canoy ordered him to stop.
Following a brief struggle with the Kennett Officers, Williams was subdued.
While investigating the incident, officers recovered a total of $385 worth of stolen items from Williams' vehicle.
Williams has been charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest by fleeing, by the Dunklin County Prosecutor's Office. He is currently being held at the Dunklin County Justice Center on a $100,000 cash only bond.
Officer Joe Stewart received medical attention in the Emergency Room at Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center, where he was treated for at least two broken bones to his left hand.