Police officers injured by man fleeing house with stolen electricity

07/15/2014 6:20 PM

07/15/2014 6:34 PM

A Rock Hill man has been cited or charged with 10 offenses after a power meter theft, break-in and police chase.

Marques Baxter, 33, stole a power meter from a vacant home on Main Street in Rock Hill before breaking into a home on Columbia Avenue and using the meter, according to Rock Hill Police reports.

The owner of the house on Columbia told police he usually leaves the house unlocked so homeless people won’t break down the doors, but when officers went to the house and could hear movement inside, the front door was locked and the back door was kicked in with a board holding the door in place.

When officers went inside the home, they found cash, clothing, a television, a cell phone plugged into the wall and a magazine for a handgun. They found Baxter in the attic, where they also found a handgun that matched the magazine.

Baxter jumped out of the attic window and ran. When he reached the Innsbrook Apartments, Baxter got into a sport utility vehicle with a man who drove away.

An officer stopped the SUV and Baxter ran behind a bush. When two officers approached, Baxter fought with them, causing minor injuries to both officers, the report states.

After Baxter was handcuffed, an officer saw his driver’s license gave a different name and birth date. When he was being processed, Baxter told officers that if he was given a “glass of ice water,” he would tell them his real name, the report stated.

According to the report, Baxter is charged or cited with trespassing, damage to property, resisting police, failure to identify, theft of electric current, tampering with a utility meter, giving false information to police, damage to property and possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a crime of violence.

Baxter was previously found guilty of burglary in 2007, records show.

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