25 year old charged with evading arrest, assault on officer

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

SAN DIEGO - A 25-year-old San Diego man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly assaulted a police officer.

According to San Diego Police Department reports, officers were called to the 700 block of West North Street shortly after 2 a.m. in reference to a violation of a protective order.

Upon arrival, officers reportedly discovered Javier Salinas, 25, at the home in violation of a court order. Salinas was ordered to leave the property and complied, according to the reports.

Shortly after 12:30 p.m., Salinas returned to the home and an officer was called to the residence again, officials said. That officer, identified as Patrolman Jack Rangel, placed one of Salinas' wrists in handcuffs, but Salinas allegedly refused to allow him to place his other wrist in the handcuffs and pushed Rangel off the porch of the home.

Salinas allegedly fled the scene and was pursued by Rangel through a residential area.

According to reports, Rangel was able to corner Salinas, but as he approached the suspect Salinas allegedly swung his arm at Rangel, cutting the officer's right hand with the handcuffs.

Rangel then reportedly struck Salinas in the lower legs multiple times with a collapsible baton, subduing him.

Salinas and Rangel were transported to CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice and were treated for their injuries and released. Salinas was arrested and charged with violation of a protective order, evading arrest, aggravated assault on a public servant and resisting arrest.