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Cabbie's struggle nets him charges

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Kayode O. Alabi

Winchester police: Driver tried to turn stun gun on officer

By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com

WINCHESTER -- A city taxi cab driver struggled with police and tried to turn an officer's stun gun on her during an arrest attempt Thursday night, according to authorities.

Kayode Okanlawon Alabi, 54, of 500 W. Cork St., is charged with assault on a law enforcement officer, attempted malicious wounding of the officer, attempting to disarm an officer of her stun gun, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, according to Winchester police Sgt. Frank Myrtle. Officers also charged Alabi with following too closely and aggressive driving, Myrtle said Friday.

Alabi appeared in Winchester General District Court for a hearing via video from the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center. Judge David S. Whitacre granted a $25,000 secured bond for Alabi's release. Court documents state Alabi has owned a taxi for five years. He has two convictions of domestic assault, documents note.

Officers responded to a domestic incident reported between Alabi and an ex-girlfriend in the 1800 block of Henry Avenue at 9:30 p.m. Thursday. The woman told police that Alabi had harassed her, according to the criminal complaint filed in the court.

Officers told Alabi to leave and not harass the woman, the complaint states. Both parties left the area in separate vehicles.

Officers then saw Alabi operating his taxi cab "very recklessly" behind the girlfriend and "following her extremely close," according to Myrtle. Police stopped Alabi and ordered the driver out of his vehicle, the complaint states.

Alabi refused to get out of the vehicle, continued to curse at the officers "and was throwing his hands around aggressively," according to the complaint. Alabi appeared belligerent.

Officer S.C. O'Connor told Alabi he was under arrest for disorderly conduct, but the man refused to exit the vehicle fully, court documents state.

"O'Connor grabbed Alabi's wrist to place him into custody and Alabi immediately said 'no, no,'" the officer states in the complaint.

"At this time Alabi tensed up and started to resist," Myrtle said. "Officer Shambaugh advised Alabi if he continued to resist he would be tased."

Alabi yelled and resisted the officers and Shambaugh attempted to use the stun gun on the suspect, according to Myrtle. The device did not have a cartridge, and the complaint states she tried to use the "drive stun."

"At that time Alabi grabbed a hold of Officer Shambaugh's ... hands and twisted the taser toward her face, causing the taser to go off continuously," Myrtle said.

Alabi had grabbed Shambaugh's hands and pressed her fingers on the taser, a second complaint states. Shambaugh injured her finger as a result, according to the complaint.
"Shambaugh fell to the ground getting the Taser from Alabi," the complaint states.

"O'Connor had Alabi on the ground and Shambaugh held Alabi's legs down until help arrived."

Officers used the stun gun on Alabi and then took him into custody, Myrtle said. The suspect was taken to Winchester Medical Center and then to the regional jail, according to Myrtle

Shambaugh did not require medical attention, Myrtle said. The stun gun did not touch her face, he added.

Alabi's girlfriend reported no injuries, according to Myrtle.


Sounds as if the police need some retraining on how to handle distraught suspects. Offering to tase someone who is already upset doesn't sound as if it's a very effective practise.

"Offering to tase someone who is already upset doesn't sound as if it's a very effective practise."

Really, wolfcr? And who exactly do you think the taser is meant for...cooperative suspects? When someone is struggling/resisting and you need to get them under control, that is EXACTLY when it is meant to be used.

True. You should only tase calm people!!!!!

No, you tase armed people who are out of control, not distraught people who are just sitting there refusing to move. Had the taser not been brought out, the man would not have responded by grabbing it and attempting to shoot the officer with it.

No, you SHOOT armed people who are out of control. You TASE the ones who just won't listen. What would you prefer they do, break out the batons and give him the wood shampoo? Perhaps back off and call in the "crisis negotiators" to roll in with their armored vehicle?

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