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Police: Central Islip man charged after resisting shoplifting arrest

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A Central Islip man was arrested Sunday after cops said he injured a Nassau County police detective while being detained for allegedly shoplifting at a Walmart store in Massapequa, according to an April 6 police news release.

Jose L. Rodriguez, 28, was charged with second-degree assault, resisting arrest, endangering the welfare of a child, three counts of second-degree possession of a forged instrument and petit larceny.

Cops said he was being detained by store security around 3 p.m. when two Nassau County police detectives arrived to conduct an unrelated investigation.

Rodriguez was informed he was being placed under arrest before his wife and two children – ages 2 and 4 – arrived at the security office, police said. A detective told them they needed to leave, but Rodriguez “attempted to exit the office with his family,” according to the news release. He then allegedly refused to sit down and struggled with the detectives as they tried to handcuff him.

One of the detectives suffered a hand injury during the scuffle and was taken to the hospital.

Police said Rodriguez was also found with “three forged documents,” but provided no further details about those charges.

He was scheduled to face a judge Monday at First District Court in Hempstead.

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