Published: Sept. 29, 2014

Contact:     Ryan Huff, University Spokesperson, 303-492-1042 / ryan.huff@colorado.edu

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Shortly before 10 a.m. today, Loss Prevention staff at the CU Book Store in the University Memorial Center noticed a man attempting to steal asweatshirt. The suspect, 25-year-old Jermaine L. Sillemon, was intercepted by bookstore security staff and led to an office as they awaited police arrival.

As officers arrived, Sillemon was in a hallway area and asked to sit down in the Loss Prevention office. An officer asked Sillemon to take off his backpack and drop a 6-inch pen he was holding in a threatening manner. Sillemon failed to comply and stood up. He blew out his chest, clinched his fist and started making punching motions. An officer warned Sillemon several times to sit down and comply, or face the potential of being Tased. Sillemon, still holding the pen, then lunged toward the officer. At that point, the officer deployed his Taser and struck the suspect once. Sillemon was then handcuffed and placed under arrest.

CU Police called in an ambulance, which transported Sillemon to Boulder Community Hospital. Sillemon was medically cleared and booked into Boulder County Jail on charges of felony menacing, resisting arrest, petty theft and providing false identification to a police officer. Sillemon has two Failure to Appear warrants for his arrest related to trespassing charges in the City and County of Denver. Sillemon is not a CU student, faculty or staff member.

"Just like any retail establishment, it’s not uncommon to have attempted thefts at the CU Book Store,” said CU Police Chief Melissa Zak. “The bookstore has an extensive loss prevention program. And typically thieves are cited and released by our officers. The difference intoday’s incident is that the suspect was uncooperative and combative with officers from the moment they arrived. He was asked multiple times to cooperate or face being Tased. When he lunged at our officers in a combative way, he was Tased. Our officers use the minimal amount of force needed to protect themselves and reduce the threat to the public.”