TAKOMA PARK, Md. (CBSDC) – A Silver Spring man was arrested on multiple charges after allegedly swinging a shovel at two security guards then throwing it at a police officer, following an incident at a Takoma Park restaurant.

According to 9 New Now, Jairo B. Francia, 31, punched a glass front door and hit a guard in the face after being asked to leave the Tropicana Restaurant on Flower Ave. for being drunk and disorderly.

According to the report, the guard then used his taser to stop Francia, striking him in the upper torso, but it didn’t affect him.

Francia then ran to a parked car, shouting death threats, according to the report, before fleeing on foot down Flower Ave. He then noticed a woman in front of  her home and proceeded to vandalize her car. When she asked him not to touch her car, he reportedly threatened to shoot her.

He then ran back to the restaurant and instigated another fight with a guard, according to 9 News Now. During this second dispute, he ran to the back of the restaurant to pick up a shovel, at which point police saw him swinging the shovel at the two guards.

When police asked Francia to drop it, they say he threw the shovel at one of the officers, striking him in the foot, and then fled towards Sligo Creek Parkway.

The officers chased him down the parkway before he disappeared into the woods behind Roanoke Ave. He was eventually found inside a 7-Eleven located at 900 Merrimac Dr. in Silver Spring.

He was charged with first-degree assault, three counts of second-degree assault, destruction of property, disturbing the peace, failure to obey a lawful order, as well as resisting arrest.


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