Officer attacked during arrest; two charged in Kroger thefts

Anthony Merriman (l,) and Pleys Hullett (Photos: Fayette County Detention Center)
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – One of the men also faces a wanton endangerment charge after attacking a police officer and biting a bystander while being arrested.

An arrest citation for 36-year-old Anthony Merriman says that the loss prevention team at Kroger saw him head past the cash registers and toward the door with a cart carrying over $1,000 dollars in merchandise.

When Lexington police questioned Merriman, he reportedly shoved the officer into a wall, and tried to leave the store. A struggle ensued, with a bystander putting Merriman into a choke hold. The arrest citation says Merriman bit the bystander and grabbed the officer’s taser. The citation also says Merriman shouted repeatedly that he had a gun. Merriman was eventually subdued, but police say he tried to give officers a bogus social security number while they were trying to identify him.

Only a few minutes later, a second arrest occurred in the parking lot of that Kroger. Officers say they found Pleys Hullett in a car with over $1,000 dollars’ worth of merchandise that had been recently reported stolen from the Kroger. They also found drugs and drug paraphernalia in the car. He was taken into custody without incident.

Merriman faces charges of robbery, resisting arrest, assault, disarming a peace officer, and theft of ID, among other charges. Hullett is charged with possession, and receiving stolen property.

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