Timothy England, 37,was arrested for a felonious assault on a police officer, possession of narcotics, possession of a stolen vehicle, and possession of a stolen credit.
England was completely uncooperative and had no identification on him at the time of his arrest. Due to the holiday weekend, it was not until Tuesday that Royal Oak police discovered England was wanted for escaping custody of Tennessee authorities while awaiting trial for bank robbery and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.
The Royal Oak incident began Friday evening when Officer Chipman observed England acting suspiciously in the parking lot at 423 W. 11 Mile Road. Officer Chipman continued to watch England as he entered a vehicle and attempted to inject himself with narcotics. Officer Chipman attempted to remove England from the vehicle, and England immediately resisted. After a short struggle, he broke free of the officer and started to flee on foot. The officer gave chase and quickly caught England, and a second struggle ensued. During the struggle, England repeatedly attempted to stab the officer with his syringe. England broke free a second time and the officer gave chase again. The officer caught England as he attempted to squeeze through a narrow gap in the wall in an alcove of the North Lafayette parking structure. Back up officers arrived and deployed a Taser, after which England gave up resisting and was taken into custody
It was later discovered England was in a vehicle stolen out of North Carolina on August 31, 2016, and also in possession of a credit card stolen out of Virginia several hours later. In addition to narcotics, officers found a realistic looking toy handgun and a bank robbery note.
The Royal Oak Criminal Investigations Division, in conjunction with the FBI, is looking into other crimes England may have committed after his escape on August 30, 2016.
“There is no doubt in my mind that this dangerous individual was in Royal Oak to commit an act of violence. Since escaping from Tennessee authorities, he has been on a multi-state crime spree. That crime spree came to an end in Royal Oak thanks to outstanding proactive police work,” states Chief Corrigan O’Donohue.
England has an extensive criminal history, including: convictions for robbery, aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, felony drug possession, auto theft, flee and elude, and contraband in a penal facility.