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Man Accused of Assaulting Police Officer Arrested
Man Who Assaulted An Officer Finally Arrested
Today a man who reportedly assaulted a police officer during a traffic stop in November has finally been arrested in Phoenix.
Deputy U.S. Marshals and Phoenix police officers were able to bring in the suspect, Emeterio Zaragoza Jr. at 35th Avenue and Van Buren Street. According from the press release from the U.S. Marshals, Mr. Zaragoza had been stopped by two Phoenix Police officer for a traffic violation last month on November 5th.
Police Officer Assaulted During Traffic Stop
During a “records” check on one of the passengers during the stop, the police had found out that the passenger had an outstanding arrest warrant. One of the officers had removed the passenger from the car so that the other officer could question Zaragoza. Mr. Zaragoza then became increasingly irritated then even tried to flee the scene as he was in the vehicle.
The officer then tried to remove Mr. Zaragoza from the vehicle, Zaragoza began to strike the officer with his fist. The officer was dragged a few feet before Zaragoza sped away from the scene. The officer who suffered from the assault, suffered from several of cuts.
Police say that at the time of the incident, Zaragoza was actually serving a term of probation for a weapons misconduct. Probably not the smartest decision to assault an officer then try to flee the scene then. Zaragoza has a criminal history though, which include: arrests for vehicle theft as well as resisting arrest.
After the incident, the Phoenix Police got some help from the U.S. Marshals to help in locating Zaragoza. Luckily on Friday they got the information that Zaragoza was at an apartment complex and the deputies were able to set up surveillance on Zaragoza’s vehicle.
After the vehicle left the apartment complex, the authorities followed the vehicle. He was later caught and booked into jail on charges for aggravated assault of a police officer, probation violation, unlawful flight from law enforcement, failure to appear, and two counts of driving on a suspended license.
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