RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Richmond Police Department has arrested a man suspected of assaulting a Richmond police officer.
According to police, officers responded to Green Cove Drive after receiving reports about an unauthorized vehicle around 7 p.m. on Monday. Law enforcement received additional calls at 8:30 p.m. after a man was seen with the vehicle in the area.
Around that time is when officers tried to bring 23-year-old Jacob Madden into custody. Police say that Madden instead assaulted one of the officers and ran away.
Carol Cousins is a resident at the Blue Ridge Estates. During this time, Cousins told 8news she went outside to look for her granddaughter who had been playing.
“Once I tried to come out to see where she was and make sure she was okay, I couldn’t get an answer on her phone. One particular officer told me to get back in your house right now,” said Cousins. “Police were everywhere, all over the parking lot in two or three rows.”
Cousins told 8news, neighbors saw the officer knocked on the ground.
“It shook them,” she said.
Officers located Madden again on Wednesday and brought him into custody. He faces charges for unauthorized use of a vehicle and assault on a law enforcement officer.
According to Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, he called the police officer yesterday to check on her. Stoney told 8news he had watched a video of the incident and spoke with her. Stoney said the officer is recovering and is doing alright. She plans to head back out in the field when she’s ready.
“I know that being a police officer is a very dangerous job. I recognize that and I’m thankful and grateful for her contributions as a public servant,” said Stoney. “No officer should walk away injured from doing their job and that’s what the families always fear, is whether or not their loved one is going to come home.”