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Officer Caught Trying to Rob Make-a-Wish Family

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(MYFOXMEMPHIS) -- A Memphis Police officer was arrested at the Memphis International Airport by Airport Police Saturday morning after airport police say he tried to rob a woman who works for the Make-A-Wish foundation.

According to an affidavit, off-duty MPD officer Ronald Harris, approached a female and took a paper bag, which contained 5 St. Jude T-shirts and a credit card. The credit card was for the Moore family and had $1500 limit.

The woman was at the airport to give the bag to Nathan Moore, a member of the family being sent off on a Make-A-Wish trip.

Police say, Ronald Harris grabbed the bag and tried to take off. Moore then grabbed Harris and a fight started. Harris took off and Moore was hurt during the fight.

After the fight, Harris ran from the building and was apprehended by airport police. He was placed under arrest and secured in the backseat of the police vehicle where he kicked the door open and fled. Harris was recaptured and charged with robbery, aggravated assault and evading arrest.

Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong released a statement regarding the incident involving Officer Ronald Harris:

"It is certainly disheartening and I am deeply saddened that an organization as wonderful as Make-A-Wish was victimized by someone sworn to protect, especially a member of the Memphis Police Department.  Thankfully, no one sustained serious injuries. This officer is now facing serious charges for his criminal behavior. The Airport Police is to be commended for their quick response and professionalism."

Ronald Harris will is behind held on $25,000 bond. He has been relieved of duty with pay pending the outcome of an administrative investigation. He has been employed with the Memphis Police Department since January 2002 and is assigned to Airways Station.


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