Police arrest fleeing one-shoed suspect in Orange

Police arrest fleeing one-shoed suspect in Orange

Patrolling police arrested 25-year-old Orange resident Ronnie Toby Malbrough for evading arrest when he fled after they attempted to stop him for disorderly conduct on Oct. 18, reports the Orange Police Department.

Officer Jana Goins was driving her patrol car at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday when she saw a shirtless man wearing one shoe and carrying the other walking in the middle of the road in the 1500 block of 2nd Street in Orange. She recognized the man on sight from previous encounters, Goins reports. She observed Malbrough was shouting, "F*** you," to passing vehicles and pedestrians. She stopped her vehicle in Malbrough's path and advised him to approach her. Instead, according to the officer, Malbrough turned the opposite direction and fled south on foot toward Burton Avenue behind some houses on 3rd Street.

Officer L.A. Lovelace arrived on the scene to assist and, when Malbrough refused to stop at the officers' commands, deployed a police-issued Taser toward the fleeing suspect. The Taser made contact, reports Officer Goins, and Malbrough fell limply to the ground. He was arrested and transported to the Orange County Jail.

According to Orange Police Department records and a criminal database search, Malbrough is a registered sex offender and convicted felon with a history of drug use, delivery, and possession and of evading arrest.

Feb. 5, 2014, police in Orange arrested Malbrough for possession of synthetic marijuana after reportedly observing him smoking the drug while committing an act of vandalism in Orange near 3rd Street and South Farragut Avenue. According to the police report, Sgt. Steele saw Malbrough walking down the wrong side of the road on 3rd Street. Malbrough then pulled up a "for rent" sign staked on private property and tossed it into the roadway. Steele stopped the patrol car and questioned Malbrough, who pulled a partially burned synthetic marijuana blunt out of his pants pocket in the officer's presence. He was arrested and taken to the Orange County Jail.