BRIDGEPORT - A city police officer was slightly injured after wrestling around in the street with a larceny suspect, police said.
Officer Stavros Mirtsopoulos suffered cuts and abrasions and was treated at the scene by EMTs. The suspect, identified as 52-year-old Levy Burns, was not injured.
Police said on Thursday night officer Mirtsopoulos was traveling northbound on Reservoir Avenue when he spotted Burns wheeling a blue recycling container along the street.
As the officer approached Burns on foot, police said Burns let go of the recycle container and began to walk away. Police said the officer grabbed Burns’ wrist after Burns refused his order to stop and Burns began punching the officer in the face with his free hand.
The two tumbled to the ground with Burns continuing to punch the officer, police said.
A large crowd gathered at the scene, some people yelling at the officer as Mirtsopoulos attempted to handcuff Burns, punching him in the head in an effort to subdue him, police said. At one point police said Burns grabbed at the officer’s microphone portion of his police radio in an effort to prevent the officer from calling for backup. When the officer pushed Burns’ hand away, Burns grabbed the officer’s hand and tried to bite it, police said.
Officer Fred Neal arrived on the scene and began to aid Mirtsopoulos in subduing Burns, police said. The two managed to roll Burns over and handcuff him, they said.
Police said they later found several unopened boxed of DVD storage cases in the recycling box.
Burns, of Sunshine Circle, was charged with sixth-degree larceny, interfering with police, assault on a police officer and second-degree breach of peace. He was being held in lieu of $50,000 bond.