SAVANNAH, GA. (October 9, 2013): A transitional center inmate faces new charges, including assault on an officer, after he was arrested by Metro officers who surrounded a house he was burglarizing Tuesday afternoon.

Dennis Akins, an inmate at the Coastal Transitional Center in Savannah, was arrested on Barnard Street at West Hall Street after he kicked out and jumped from a second-story window.

Downtown Precinct patrol officers subdued him with a taser when he fought them. He has been charged with burglary, aggravated assault of a police officer and possession of a firearm in committing a crime.

He had burglarized an apartment in the building, taking items including a handgun which he attempted to point at a Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police officer. The ammunition clip in the gun dislodged when he tried to raise it and it struck a stairway handrail.

Akins was serving his 33rd month of a 15-year sentence for burglary and thefts in Laurens County. He previously had been released in March 2010 after serving 26 months of a 10-year term for similar charges, also in Laurens County.


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