Man Accused Of Headbutting Bloomfield Cop Arresting Him For Shoplifting

WWJ News
December 09, 2019 - 5:19 pm
Ray-Quan Watts

Ray-Quan Watts (Photo: Bloomfield Township Police Department)

BLOOMFIELD TWP. (WWJ) - A Detroit man is facing charges for allegedly headbutting a police officer who was arresting him for shoplifting in Bloomfield Township.

According to Bloomfield Township, an employee at the Five Below store, on Telegraph Road in the Bloomfield Town Square, called police shorty before 8 p.m. on Dec. 2 to report a theft.

The employee described a young man with dreadlocks, wearing a black jacket and backpack, who'd just left the store with stolen merchandise.  

Police found the suspect — since identified as 20-year-old Ray-Quan Watts — in the parking lot. He tried to run away across Telegraph while emptying his pockets of the stolen merchandise, police said; but he was quickly caught. 

While police were escorting Watts to a patrol car, they say he became belligerent and headbutted one of the arresting officers. 

Watts then complained of a head injury, police said, and was taken by EMS to St. Joseph Hospital. Watts was medically cleared by hospital staff and then moved to the Bloomfield Township Police Department lockup. 

He was arraigned Wednesday on charges of felony assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer and misdemeanor third-degree retail fraud. 

He is being held in lieu of a $250,000 cash bond while awaiting his next court appearance scheduled for Thursday.