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Man Tasered at eatery

BUFORD - Police captured a Gainesville man wanted for allegedly assaulting a police officer and stealing cars by Tasering him outside a Chinese restaurant Thursday night, an official said.

Ralph C. Anderson Jr., 28, faces charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, fleeing and attempting to elude police, theft by taking and theft by conversion. He remains at the Hall County Jail without bond.

Anderson reportedly led police on a chase that started in a Buford trailer park and ended at the Hong Kong Grand Buffett, a Chinese restaurant at the corner of Buford Highway and Ga. Highway 20.

The chase started when Gwinnett County Sheriff's Deputies and members of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force learned Anderson was driving a stolen Ford truck, possibly in the Buford area, and spotted him leaving a trailer park in the vehicle. Units followed Anderson to the Chinese buffet, where he exited his vehicle and ran through the restaurant, said Stacey Bourbonnais, Sheriff's Department spokeswoman.

"Deputies pursued Anderson on foot through the restaurant, giving him commands to stop," Bourbonnais said. "Once outside, he turned and reached into his pants as if he had a weapon."

A member of the fugitive task force deployed his Taser, and Anderson was arrested without incident, Bourbonnais said. No injuries were reported.

Bourbonnais said the suspect was also charged with assaulting a Hall County police officer in an unrelated incident.

Anderson has warrants pending in both Jackson and Gwinnett counties, according the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

In Gwinnett, he's accused of test driving a 1997 Monte Carlo on Sept. 23 and never returning it. That theft occurred at U.S. Auto Sales in the 2800 block of Ga. Highway 316, according to an arrest warrant.