BANGOR, Maine — A local transient is facing a robbery charge after he allegedly shoved a loss-prevention officer at Walmart in an attempt to flee after a theft, police said.

Brian Rice, 35, had attempted to leave the store with a pair of sneakers, iPad screen protector and pack of cigarettes on Monday afternoon, according to Bangor police Lt. Paul Edwards.

Edwards said Rice was cooperative at first when loss-prevention staff had him come back inside, but Rice shoved his way past security in making his escape, the lieutenant said.

By the time police arrived, Rice had gotten as far as Pizza Hut on Hogan Road, according to Edwards.

When Officer Joe Page attempted to confront Rice, he fled towards Best Buy, and the officer managed to nab the suspect in that parking lot, Edwards said.

Rice was taken into custody and charged with robbery and refusing to submit to arrest, Edwards said. A charge of theft was elevated to robbery due to the fact that Rice shoved the security officer in fleeing Walmart, Edwards explained.

Rice was brought to Eastern Maine Medical Center for treatment, where Edwards said he remained Tuesday.


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