A Hanover-area man is accused of punching a police officer after he tried to steal from a discount store, according to police.

Cleophas Fortson Jr., 59, with a last known address of Sprenkle Avenue, is charged with resisting arrest, aggravated assault, harassment and retail theft, charging documents state.

Hanover Borough Police say about 2:15 p.m. Dec. 19, they were sent to the Family Dollar, 298 York St., for a reported retail theft.

When officers arrived, an employee told officers Fortson had assaulted her, police said. The employee told police Fortson tried to steal a wallet and also tried to leave the store without paying for an item, documents state.

She said she confronted him, and Fortson grabbed her, police say.

One of the officers told Fortson to place his hands behind his back, but the man refused and took an aggressive stance, documents state.

The officer grabbed Fortson's right arm to try to restrain him but was met with resistance, according to police. Fortson allegedly punched the officer in the face, documents state.

Fortson continued to fight with several officers for about a minute, according to police.

Documents show a Taser was used unsuccessfully on Fortson. Police eventually were able to place him into custody, officials said.

One of the responding officers had minor injuries to his face and knees.

Fortson was arraigned that by District Judge Dwayne Dubs and was remanded to York County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail, online court records indicate. He remained in prison Monday.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Jan. 10 at Dubs' office.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.

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