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While one officer worked to take a bite out of crime, the man he had just arrested took a bite out of him.
Terry Andre Stradford, 42, of 1216 Memorial Park Road, led a Lancaster police officer on a pursuit about 2 p.m. Saturday after it was reported that Stradford shoplifted from the Rite Aide on Main Street, according to an incident report.
The officer had to drag Stradford from the crawl space of a house to arrest him, a report said.
Stradford was put into the officer's patrol vehicle and taken to the Municipal Justice Center. During the ride, Stradford repeatedly threatened the officer's life, the report said.
After the officer got Stradford out of the vehicle, Stradford jerked his head down and bit the officer's left hand, the report said.
The officer felt the pressure, but was wearing a leather glove at the time, which prevented the skin from breaking, the report said.
The officer suffered a minor cut on his thumb that didn't require medical treatment.
Stradford was charged with assault on a police officer while resisting arrest, shoplifting under $1,000 greater than third offense, resisting arrest and unlawful entry.
He is being held at the Lancaster County Detention Center on a $23,436 bond. Contact reporter Jesef Williams at email@example.com or (803) 283-1152