Man accused of assaulting officer in Los Banos

Resisted despite use of pepper spray, Taser

tmiller@mercedsunstar.comJuly 22, 2013 

— A 30-year-old Gilroy man was arrested Tuesday after a Los Banos police officer was assaulted, Cmdr. Ray Reyna Jr. said Wednesday.

Police responded to Pacheco Boulevard and Miller Lane about 5 p.m. after a caller reported that a man was panhandling and urinating in public.

Los Banos police officer Alfonso Flores found Hildebrando Rojas Vargas near the intersection, according to police.

When the officer asked him questions, Vargas became uncooperative and resisted arrest, police said. While being handcuffed, police said, Vargas hit Flores several times in the face and ripped the officer's uniform shirt.

Police said Vargas continued to resist arrest despite being pepper-sprayed and struck with an expandable baton. The man was handcuffed after he was shot with a Taser.

Police said Vargas was in the possession of a knife.

"Officer Flores did an outstanding job after being placed in a very dangerous situation," Reyna said in a press release.

Police also discovered that Vargas had two outstanding warrants — a Santa Clara County warrant for failing to register as a sex offender and a San Jose warrant for resisting arrest.

Vargas is being held in the Merced County Jail without bail on suspicion of resisting arrest with violence, battery against a law enforcement officer, obstructing or resisting a law enforcement officer, assault with a dangerous weapon, criminal threats and the active warrants.

Reporter Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 385-2453 or tmiller@mercedsunstar.com.

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