Police seek suspect in aggravated assault of officer

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Police say a man is on the loose after assaulting a female officer who tried to arrest him for shoplifting.

Shortly before 8 p.m. on Monday, March 9, the man was captured on surveillance video apparently shoving clothes into his backpack at a Phoenix Kohl's.

When the police officer arrived at the store near 19th Avenue and Bell Road, the suspect was sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot with the door open and motor running.

"She ordered him to put the car into park and to get out and talk to her so she could investigate the shoplifting," a police spokesman said. "He initially complied, placing the car into park. As she leaned in to escort him out of the vehicle so she could take him into custody, he immediately put the vehicle back into drive and drove off at a high rate of speed."

The officer was dragged a few feet before freeing herself and tumbling several times in the parking lot, according to police. She was not seriously hurt.

The man fled in the vehicle, which is described as a newer model white Ford Mustang.

He is described as a 27-year-old white man, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 155 pounds. He had bushy brown hair with long sideburns, and was wearing a tight-fitting white T-shirt and black warm-up pants with a white stripe down each leg.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS or 1-800-343-TIPS. Anonymous tips can also be submitted online at www.silentwitness.org. Silent Witness is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect.

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