Richmond man charged after allegedly punching police officer in the face

srobertsjr@vagazette.com

A Richmond man has been charged after police say he destroyed a cash register and merchandise at a gas station before punching a police officer in the face.

Adam T. Tillman, 25, was charged with destruction of property, assault, assault on law enforcement officer and obstruction of justice, according to James City County Police Department spokeswoman Stephanie Williams.

On Oct. 6 at about 10 p.m., police officers were called to the BP gas station at Anderson’s Corner in James City County, Williams said.

When officers arrived, witnesses pointed out Tillman as he stood by the gas pumps, according to Williams.

Tillman did not comply with officers’ verbal commands and he babbled, screamed and lunged at the officers, Williams said.

Tillman tried to run from police, but the officers caught up with him and tried to detain him, according to Williams.

While officers tried to detain him, Tillman punched one of them in the face and attempted to take an officer’s handgun from his holster, Williams said.

After officers detained Tillman, they went into the gas station and discovered Tillman had destroyed a cash register and merchandise in the store worth more than $1,500, according to Williams.

At some point in the incident, Tillman forced a gas station employee to lay on the ground and he hit the employee in the face, Williams said. Another employee and a gas station customer pulled Tillman off the employee.

Both the officer and gas station employee suffered minor injuries, according to Williams.

Tillman was taken to Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center and police obtained arrest warrants for him, Williams said.

He was served the arrest warrants at about 5:30 a.m. on Oct. 7, according to Williams. Tillman was then taken to the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail.

Roberts can be reached at 757-604-1329 and on Twitter @SPRobertsJr.

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