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Cops: Winter Garden officer hurt in struggle with 300-pound lingerie thief

Man accused of stealing from Victoria's Secret

Alergon Baker, left, and Chris Lema, right.
Alergon Baker, left, and Chris Lema, right.

WINTER GARDEN, Fla. – A Winter Garden police officer was injured Tuesday while attempting to subdue a 300-pound man suspected of stealing hundreds of dollars' worth of merchandise from Victoria's Secret, Winter Garden police said.

Officer Jose Rivera responded to the lingerie store around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday on a report of a man, Algernon Baker, and a woman, Chris Lema, shoplifting together at several stores in Winter Garden Village.

Rivera attempted to stop Baker as he was putting stolen Victoria's Secret merchandise into Lema's car, according to the report. Baker resisted and a struggle ensued between him and the officer, police said.

The struggle made it difficult for Rivera to call for backup and other officers could hear broken-up radio transmissions. An officer who responded to Rivera's request for help saw Rivera attempting to subdue the 5-foot-6, 300-pound man.

It took three officers to handcuff Baker, police said.

Rivera suffered injuries to both of his knees and a bite mark on his thumb as a result of the violent arrest, according to the affidavit.

Officials found $768 worth of stolen merchandise from Victoria's Secret in the suspects' car, the report said.

Baker and Lema are charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, third-degree grand theft and resisting an officer without violence.


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