Grocery store managers help chase down suspect

Sherman Johnson is facing two counts of robbery and one count of assault on a public servant

January 9, 2013 10:05:44 AM PST
A pair of fast-thinking grocery store managers helped police capture a suspect who started out as a suspected shoplifter, before he allegedly assaulted a cop.

On Monday, Galveston Police Officer H. Dominguez was working a security job at the Kroger Supermarket at 5701 Seawall Boulevard. At about 4pm employees spotted a man they say was shoplifting.

Officer Dominguez and store management escorted the suspect, Sherman Johnson, upstairs to the business offices. Police say Johnson was initially cooperative and answering questions, but he suddenly stood up and shoved Officer Dominguez into a wall. Johnson tried to run by Officer Dominguez, but was grabbed. Johnson then reportedly pushed Officer Dominguez down a flight of stairs in front of him. Johnson ran past the injured officer and fled the store.

Kroger Managers Tom Herring and Darrell Argo chased Johnson after grabbing a pair of Officer Dominguez's handcuffs. Police say Johnson ran to the Best Western motel next door where Herring and Argo caught up to him on a second floor breezeway. Johnson reportedly continued to struggle and attempted to escape as they tried to handcuff him, allegedly biting each of them before he could be subdued.

Patrol officers arrived to take custody of Johnson who was finally detained by Herring and Argo. The Galveston County District Attorney's Office supported two counts of robbery and one count of assault on a public servant and recommended a total bond $105,000 for Johnson.

Officer Dominguez was transported by Galveston EMS to UTMB for an injury to his leg. The severity of the injury and his return to work are unknown at this time. Kroger Managers Herring and Argo were treated by EMS at the scene.

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