Man faces several charges following shoplifting incident

Published 8:40 am Monday, August 10, 2020

What started as a shoplifting call for Danville Police Saturday afternoon turned into much more.

At approximately 1:10 p.m. Saturday, officers were dispatched to Walmart in Danville for a shoplifter who was reported to be fleeing from the store’s loss prevention staff with several items of merchandise.

As officers arrived, they were pointed in the direction of the suspect, who was identified by loss prevention as Jacob Gordon. Officers later verified that the man was Jacob Gordon, 27, of Perryville.

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Officer Jacob Farley located Gordon on Kim Avenue and ordered him to stop, but he fled, and Farley gave chase on foot. Gordon fled into a wooded area between storage units on Jane Trail and Walmart parking lot.

According to a report from the Danville Police Department, officers could hear movement in the bushes and ordered Gordon to come out, but he refused and attempted to run out the other side of the area where he was met by other Danville Police Department officers.

The officers attempted to take Gordon into custody, but according to the report, he refused to listen to their verbal commands. Gordon also kept his hands under his body, refusing to give them to officers. Sgt. Chase Broach deployed his Taser to Gordon, which was effective, according to the report. Officers were then able to secure Gordon’s hands and take him into custody.

When he was searched, officers found Gordon with stolen merchandise from Walmart on his person. Officers placed Gordon into the police car, seat belted him in and prepared to transport him to the Boyle County Detention Center. While en route, Gordon became very combative, kicking the doors and banging his head on the prisoner cage inside the police car. By doing so, the report states that he inflicted a wound to his head.

Officers took Gordon to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center for treatment. Once he was medically cleared, Gordon was transported to the Boyle County Detention Center, where he was charged with theft by unlawful taking/shoplifting under $500; fleeing/evading police 1st degree (on foot); public intoxication; resisting arrest; disorderly conduct 2nd degree; criminal mischief 3rd degree; and outstanding warrants of arrest.

Gordon is being held on a total of $5,000 bond.

According to the report, no Danville Police officers were seriously injured due to Gordon’s actions.