A man already suspected of taking a bicycle by force added to his list of potential criminal charges when he tried attacking the arresting officers, even though he was already handcuffed.
The incident began shortly after 4 p.m. Monday when Turlock Police officers were summoned to the 1400 block of N. Golden State Boulevard for a report of an assault in progress.
When officers arrived they found the victim, who stated their bicycle had been forcibly taken from them. As officers were speaking with the victim, the suspect, identified later as Hector Lomeli, was seen walking on the other side of the street with the victim’s bicycle in his possession, said Turlock Police spokesman Sgt. Russ Holeman.
The officers made contact with Lomeli and were able to place him in handcuffs without incident, but then Lomeli decided he no longer wanted to comply with the officers.
“Shortly after being placed in handcuffs, Lomeli kept wanting to get up and not follow the directions being given by the officers on scene,” Holeman said. “At one point he attempted to kick two of the officers.”
Lomeli continued to struggle with the officers and spit on one of them, Holeman said.
Lomeli was eventually taken to Stanislaus County Jail on allegations of robbery, vandalism and assault on a peace officer. The vandalism charge arose from Lomeli punching the window of a nearby vehicle. He sustained some cuts on his hands and arms from the vandalism.