Credit: Marietta Police Department

Cop knocked unconscious in scuffle with man who tried to break into cars, police say

A Marietta police officer is expected to recover from injuries he sustained in a struggle with a man accused of trying to rummage through cars Thursday morning.

The officer’s tussle with the 27-year-old suspect was the culmination of events that began when a resident saw a man trying to enter vehicles around 12:52 a.m. May 16 on Brownstone Drive. 

The resident heard a car alarm activate and the Ring camera attached to the home sent an alert of the activity to the citizen. That person called Cobb 911, giving a description of the suspected car burglar and the direction he was last seen leaving on foot. 

When Marietta police arrived they saw the man running between yards and climbing over fences, but they soon lost sight of him.

Moments later, a resident called 911 to report a man hiding under furniture on her porch at her home on Cayman Lane, which is located off Booth Road. Marietta police spokesman Chuck McPhilamy said the residents in the second home were alerted to the activity on their porch because their dog started barking. 

“They were terrified of what could have happened,” he said. 

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Cops arrived and confronted the man, who was later identified as Jordoan Allen Myles of Marietta. He tried to run away but when the officers tried to detain him, Myles’ knee accidentally hit one of the officers in the face, knocking him unconscious, McPhilamy said. 

Myles was detained at 1:12 a.m. The officer suffered injuries to his nose and was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital for treatment. 

Myles was charged with obstruction and loitering, and was booked into the Cobb County Jail.  He has had 43 contacts with police, including about 9 arrests, with Marietta police since April 2009, the spokesman said.  

Jordoan Allen Myles

McPhilamy said Marietta cops were able to apprehend Myles quickly due to the joint efforts of residents and 911 dispatchers. That cohesiveness, he added, is what makes communities stronger.

“We’re very proud of the way everyone worked together to try and make sure the neighborhood stayed safe,” he said.

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