Man attacks officers during spat over cigarette

Emilio Garcia, 18, allegedly was smoking at smoke-free VIA bus stop

Author: Katrina Webber, Reporter,
Published On: Jan 31 2013 08:52:08 AM CST   Updated On: Jan 31 2013 12:14:10 PM CST
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Emilio Garcia, 18, is accused of refusing to put out a cigarette at a VIA bus stop and assaulting two officers.

A security guard working at the VIA Crossroads Park & Ride Tuesday said he asked Garcia to take his lighted cigarette to a designated smoking area, rather than smoke at the bus stop, which is a smoke free zone, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

When Garcia refused and cussed at him, the guard called for a VIA police officer, the affidavit stated.

The VIA officer, with assistance from a Balcones Heights police officer, then attempted to arrest Garcia, but he put up a struggle, the affidavit stated.

During the struggle, both officers were knocked to the ground and suffered cuts and bruises, the affidavit stated.

The Balcones Heights officer used a Taser on Garcia to get him to comply, the affidavit stated.

Once Garcia was in custody, he began complaining about an old wrist injury and that he suspected it was broken.  He was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The two officers were treated for their minor injuries by paramedics at the scene. Garcia was arrested Wednesday on a charge of assault on a public servant.

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