ROCK HILL A Rock Hill man accused of stealing from BiLo led police on a chase through a briar patch before a police officer stunned him with a Taser and put him in cuffs on Sunday.
Roderick Whitlock, 30, of 195 Porter Road is charged with shoplifting and resisting police, according to a Rock Hill Police report. Hes since been released from jail on a $2,000 bond.
Sometime after 5:30 p.m., police circulated the area of Firetower Road and East Main Street after receiving word that someone stole a beard trimmer and then headed toward a nearby carwash, the report states. A man washing his car told police he saw Roderick run behind the car wash.
Thats when Roderick led police on a chase through the carwash and toward an industrial building. When officers cornered him, Roderick entered a briar patch, the report states.
An officer followed Roderick into the patch. Roderick ignored the officers commands to stay put, even as the officer warned hed deploy a Taser if Roderick didnt stop.
When Roderick reached for something at his waistline, the officer fired the Taser, the report states. Another officer arrived on scene and helped police get Roderick out of the briars and into a patrol car. Police say Roderick stole Gorilla Glue, a bolt lock, cell phone pouch and Gillette Fusion ProGlide beard trimmer.