Norcross man involves police, young child in chase

NORCROSS -- A Norcross man allegedly involved police, a Home Depot security officer and his 4-year-old daughter in a lengthy foot chase after trying to steal copper wire from the store Tuesday afternoon.

According to incident reports, David Andrew Finn, 29, loaded his cart at the Home Depot at 4136 Jimmy Carter Boulevard full of about $500 worth of wire containing copper. His 4-year-old in the cart, Finn reportedly made a break for the door.

When a loss prevention officer attempted to stop him, Finn bit him on the hand and kept running, police said.

The Home Depot employee continued to give chase down Jimmy Carter Boulevard before waving down a responding Gwinnett County police officer. The officer gave chase through a pair of apartment complex parking lots.

"Finn looked at me and suddenly let go of the cart," the officer wrote in his report, "grabbing a small child out of the cart and continued running back toward (Jimmy Carter Boulevard)."

The officer ordered Finn to drop the child, who was "crying frantically." The officer drew his taser but "quickly put it away when I saw that there was a chance of striking (the child) as well."

Finn eventually let go of his daughter and was tackled and arrested, police said. The suspect began "having symptoms of a seizure" in the police car and was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center for evaluation before being taken to Gwinnett County Jail.

Jail records show Finn was charged with theft by shoplifting and cruelty to children, both felonies, as well as misdemeanor battery.