A local man was arrested for assaulting a police officer.
Capt. Joe Rodriquez and Officer Jeffrey Robbins of the Frederick Police Department were called to a residence on North 12th Street about 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25 because someone reported that one person injured another.
According to a police affidavit, Rodriquez approached the door and saw Travis Cordova lying on the floor with another man, identified as Heston Williams, straddling him on the living room floor. Robbins and Rodriquez went inside where Williams allegedly told the officers that Cordova told him that he’d hurt someone and then ended up on the floor unconscious.
Rodriquez said he called for an ambulance as Robbins checked Cordova’s body for signs of injuries. After a few minutes, Cordova became conscious and began talking. According to Rodriquez, Cordova allegedly told him he was being attacked and asked for help and then began speaking Spanish, saying something about death. He then reportedly grabbed a broken Jesus head and began praying to it.
According to Rodriquez, Cordova appeared confused and Rodriquez believed he was in need of a mental health intervention, but then the suspect became threatening and started yelling and moving around the room. Rodriquez could smell a strong odor of alcohol on Cordova, which he said led him to believe the suspect was extremely intoxicated and not in need of mental help.
When Rodriquez asked Cordova who he fought with, Cordova allegedly said “your mother” and then threatened to kill him and his family. Cordova allegedly kept making threats toward Rodriquez and his family while shouting, swearing and being disorderly, so Rodriquez placed the suspect under arrest.
Rodriquez transported the suspect to the Tillman County Jail, where he allegedly told Rodriquez that his family would burn. Because of his combative behavior, the jail staff was unable to complete the booking process so Cordova was placed in a cell to prevent injury to himself or anyone else. While in the cell, he allegedly continued kicking the cell door, yelling and making threats.
Reach Kathleen Guill at 580-379-0588, ext. 2602.