Man arrested, accused of punching officer in face at Canton Walmart

CANTON, Ohio - A man is behind bars, accused of punching a police officer in the face at a shopping center in Canton.

Police said Eric Van Jones, 21, assaulted the officer Tuesday night at the Walmart on Atlantic Blvd.

According to officers, Jones had just committed a theft offense, when an officer confronted him. That’s when police say Jones fought with the officer, punching him in the face in an attempt to avoid apprehension.

Jones was arrested and then booked into the Stark County Jail on charges of robbery and resisting arrest.

His bond was set at $50,000.

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