Natick Mall security used pepper spray on a shoplifting suspect on Saturday after he assaulted two of them in an attempt to escape, authorities said.
Natick Police arrested William Delisle, 23, of Manchester, New Hampshire, after they said he shoplifted at Urban Outfitters and Zumiez, police wrote in a report filed in Natick District Court on Tuesday.
According to the report, someone walking by Urban Outfitters saw Delisle, accompanied by a second man, stuffing items into a Macy's bag.
The two men split up, but security stopped Delisle. At first he dropped the bag onto a couch and tried to walk away. Security stopped him, and Delisle cooperated at first, police wrote.
"He then shoved the bag toward them and began running," police wrote.
Mall security officers chased him through the mall, including down an escalator. When security got close to him, Delisle repeatedly shoved the officers. Fearing further assaults, one of the security officers told Delisle if he did not cooperate, they would use pepper spray on him. He continued being aggressive and they sprayed him three times before he was subdued, police wrote.
When police searched the bag, they found more than $560 worth of clothing from Urban Outfitters, including three windbreakers, two pairs of jeans and other clothing items. They also discovered about $480 worth of clothing from Zumiez, including baseball hats, jackets, sweatshirts and bracelets.
Police wrote that Zumiez had not known someone had shoplifted, but confirmed that the items in Delisle's bags had not been purchased.
Police charged Delisle, of 515 Lincoln St., with two counts of assault and battery, conspiracy to commit a crime, larceny of property worth more than $250 and receiving stolen property worth more than $250.
Delisle also had a Boston Municipal Court warrant that charged him with two counts of larceny of property worth more than $250 and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
At Delisle's arraignment on Tuesday, Judge Martine Carroll released him on $100 bail. Delisle is due back in court on March 29 for a pretrial conference.