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Stalking suspect charged with injuring police officer and damaging patrol car

Michael A. Sapp, 39, was arrested at his Edgewood Avenue home early Wednesday morning after allegedly injuring one of the Buffalo police officers and damaging a police patrol car as he was being taken in on stalking and harassment charges.

Sapp was charged with second-degree assault of a police officer for allegedly injuring Police Officer John A. Bannister as he was being handcuffed at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday in connection with allegations he assaulted and harassed a female acquaintance Dec. 13 at his home.

Sapp was also charged with third-degree criminal mischief for alleging kicking in the rear driver's side door of a patrol car and causing over $250 damage  as he was being taken downtown for booking, according to a Buffalo police arrest report.

Bannister suffered lacerations to his hands, a scrape under his right eye and scrapes and bruises to his right knee when he helped subdue Sapp as he was being taken into custody.

Sapp, who remained at the Erie County Holding Center Thursday night, was also charged with resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration for the Wednesday incidents and second-degree harassment and fourth-degree stalking for allegedly intimidating a female friend Dec. 13.

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