Douglasville police captured a suspect Monday night who almost hit two officers and led authorities on a chase Monday night that started on Chapel Hill Road.
Maj. J.R. Davidson said police received a call around 7 p.m. about a suspicious person in the Douglasville Pavilion Shopping Center where Target and several other stores are located.
Employees at one of the stores in the shopping center were concerned about the suspect, identified by Davidson as 29-year-old Alphonso Rikard, committing theft and called 911.
Shortly after DPD arrived, Davidson said the officers determined Rikard, who lives in Douglas County, has warrants related to theft on him in other states.
Davidson said Rikard got in his vehicle, put it in reverse and “gunned it and almost hit two officers.”
He then put it in drive and hit a bystander’s vehicle, Davidson said.
At that point Rikard took off up Campellton Street, turned on Rose Circle and eventually hit a tree and fled on foot.
Helicopters were brought in to search for Rikard
After initially getting away from police, Davidson said Rikard was caught.
Rikard appeared before a Douglas County magistrate judge Tuesday where he faced a litany of charges including aggravated assault related to the alleged attempt to hit the police officers, suspended license, felony fleeing, hit and run, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, misdemeanor obstruction of officers, possession of marijuana and possession of drug related objects.
Davidson said bond was denied on the felony charges and that Rikard will remain in jail.