Police: Suspects use TASER to rob Home Depot

ANNAPOLIS, Md (WUSA9) -- Two men used a TASER to keep employees away while shoplifting at a Home Depot in Maryland, say police.

The incident happened on Wednesday around 4:52 p.m. at the Home Depot located at 55 Forest Drive.

Police say the suspects loaded a shopping cart with power tools worth more than $1,000 and then tried to walk out the front door. When store employees tried to stop them at the front door, they took out a TASER and sparked it, to push the employees away.

The suspects then left in a White Crown Victoria which was later spotted on Route 50 near Route 424, police said. The officers stopped the car and found men fitting the descriptions of the shoplifting suspects inside, say police.

A witness from the store positively identified one of the men as a suspect from the store. All three people in the car were detained, according to police. Police tell us the TASER was also recovered.

Twenty-nine-year-old Tyrone Edward Freeman and 24-year-old Ruston Anthony Hopson were charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and theft over $1,000.

Twenty-four-year-old Antwon Maurice Barron was not charged in relation to the shoplifting. He was charged for three outstanding warrants for trespassing, police said.


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