A  Philadelphia man armed with a broom and a box cutter was taken into custody after a brief tussle with police officers outside of a Pecan Avenue business last Friday evening.

Philadelphia Police Chief Grant Myers said that Jerry Wayne Smith, of 252 Martin Luther King Drive, was arrested and charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and assault on a law enforcement officer.

Myers said the police department received a report of a man interfering with the operation of a business on Pecan Avenue 7:32 p.m. on March 29. The caller said a man was outside demanding money from people coming and going from a nearby business.

When officers arrived on the scene, they identified the suspect and saw that he had a broom. Officers then moved to arrest the man for disturbance of a business and asked him multiple times to put the broom down. After he refused, an officer attempted to take the broom from the man and they both fell to the ground where the officer attempted to put Smith in handcuffs. 



Myers said the man dropped the broom but attempted to hit the officer in the head and chest, striking him in the chest several times. It was at this time that the officer noticed the suspect had a box cutter.

The officer was unharmed, but Myers said the officer claimed he felt the box cutter hit his body armor multiple times.

The officer finally disarmed and handcuffed the man. Backup arrived shortly after and Smith was taken into custody with no further difficulty or incident.