A Marietta police officer attempted to take a felon into custody for what would’ve been his 12th arrest.
However, a fight led to the officer being kneed in the face, knocking him out cold.
While Matthew Saylers wouldn’t be the one to take 27-year-old Jordoan Allen Myles into custody, his fellow officers were able to book him for the dozenth time with the help of two citizens, police said.
Steve and Jayne Morrow told Channel 2 they spotted Myles on their backyard surveillance camera about 1 a.m. Thursday, shortly after Saylers were knocked unconscious in the same neighborhood.
“He’s in our patio stooped down by the barbecue,” Jayne Morrow said on the 911 call obtained by the news station. “I just saw him move. He’s got a white coat on — white sweatshirt or something.”
Earlier that night, surveillance video from a home half a mile away from the Morrows appears to show Saylers trying to lift door handles and break into cars, Channel 2 reported. A neighbor spotted him and called 911, which is when Saylers responded and tried to make the arrest.
However, it quickly turned into a struggle.
“During that wrestling match, at some point his knee connects square with the nose and face of (Saylers) and knocks the officer completely unconscious,” police spokesman Chuck McPhilamy told the news station.
That’s when Myles tried to run and hide in the Morrows backyard, but their dog Jodi woke them up and allowed them to spot the suspect, the news station reported.
“I was alert to anyone who may kick in our door ... it was getting very scary,” Steve Morrow, who is two weeks away from retirement, said. “I was afraid it was going to escalate (into something dangerous).”
Officers were able to quickly arrest Myles, charging him with misdemeanor obstruction and loiter prowl, Cobb County jail records show. He remains in jail on a $2,420 bond.
Myles has served three stints in prison from charges including burglary, according to Georgia Department of Corrections records. His most recent prison sentence ended in January 2018, where he was released from Wilcox State Prison in Abbeville.
In a Facebook post, the department said Saylers has already been released from the hospital and he’s expected to fully recover.
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