A Georgia man was arrested earlier this month for allegedly bashing a police officer’s head with a trash can lid during a scuffle at a mall, police said on Monday.

The suspect, 38-year-old Keon Kalaspki Howard, is accused of assaulting an Athens-Clarke police detective at Georgia Square Mall on Sept. 1, the Athens Banner-Herald reported, citing a police report not released until this week.

The alleged assault took place at Georgia Square Mall in Athens, Ga. 

The alleged assault took place at Georgia Square Mall in Athens, Ga.  (Google Maps)

That afternoon, officers responded to a call by an employee of Sunglass Hut at the mall. The employee told police that Howard, a suspect in prior thefts at the store, was at the Sunglass Hut.

Police said detectives Nate Franco and Brian O’Neill arrived at the store and located Howard. When O’Neill attempted to stop Howard from leaving, he “started providing violent and active resistance,” police said.


Franco alleged that, as he was trying to help his partner, he witnessed Howard grab a lid off a nearby trash can and hit O’Neill on the head.

The officers reportedly wrestled Howard to the ground. Other officers arrived on the scene and Howard was arrested. Police said O’Neill was taken to an area hospital for his injuries.


At the time of his arrest, Howard was already wanted on a litany of other charges, including hijacking a motor vehicle, kidnapping, card fraud, reckless driving, and a felony probation violation. He now faces additional charges of aggravated assault on a police officer and two counts of felony obstruction.