Suspect assaults Granger officer

— A man accused of assaulting a local police officer faces multiple charges for a Tuesday incident.

Rigoberto Avalos Padilla, 55, is charged with three counts of third-degree assault, domestic violence-harassment, domestic violence malicious mischief third degree and resisting arrest.

He appeared for a preliminary hearing in Yakima County Superior Court yesterday.

Court documents show a Yakima County Sheriff’s Office deputy made the arrest after witnessing Padilla assault Officer Jared Olivas.

The deputy noted Olivas suffered a cut above his eye and that Padilla bit him on the upper thigh.

The altercation occurred when the officer responded to a domestic violence call in the 200 block of Gurley Road, records show.

Padilla threatened to burn his wife and daughter’s clothing, records show. He already burned some clothing during the three days leading up to the incident. He also was in the process of burning his daughter’s sheets when Olivas arrived at the home, documents show.

Olivas approached Padilla, who had in his possession a gas can and matches. A fire was already burning, records show.

Padilla was ordered to get away from the fire and set the gas can down, records show.

He complied with the officer, but took on a boxer’s stance upon deputy’s arrival, records show.

“Olivas used a takedown maneuver to put R. Padilla on the ground,” the deputy said in court documents.

That is when Padilla allegedly resisted arrest and punched Olivas several times in the head. He also kicked the deputy numerous times, records show.

Both the deputy and the officer attempted to subdue Padilla three times with their tasers, but he continued to fight them, records show.

He was subsequently arrested.


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