Erratic behavior, running from police lands man in jail

October 9, 2012 • Local News

Roswell police officers responded to a report of a man fighting with a stop sign on Thursday and when officers arrived at Deming and Main streets they found a male subject sitting on the curb.

The man, identified later by police as Raymond Garcia, 45, refused to respond after an officer asked him his name and birth date.

According to police, the subject became [auth] belligerent and attempted to escape on foot. Officers attempted to subdue him with tasers, which had little effect. Garcia fell onto his back and propelled himself in a circle.

According to RPD spokeswoman Sabrina Morales, Garcia kicked at the officers each time they approached. One officer deployed his taser for a second time. Garcia briefly fell back to the ground, jumped back up and broke the taser leads. Garcia was able to obtain a baton from an officer and held it ready to strike. Then an officer used pepper spray. Garcia wiped the spray from his face and walked westbound on Deming.

Officers caught up with him on the corner of Deming Street and Richardson Avenue. Police reported Garcia again fell to the ground, rolled over on his stomach and tucked his hands under him as officers attempted to cuff him.

Garcia was arrested and charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer, disarming a peace officer, assault on a peace officer and resisting, evading, or obstructing an officer. Garcia remains at the Chaves County Detention Center on a $10,000 cash or surety bond.

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