Man arrested, kicks officer

Assault added to previous charges

— A Zillah man arrested in Granger on outstanding warrants brought more charges onto himself by kicking a police officer last Friday.

According to Officer J. Hurst, who wrote the charging narrative for Yakima County Superior Court, Jose Equihua, 25, had warrants from the City of Toppenish.

At about 11:30 p.m., he had Equihua in custody. At the Granger police station, he was waiting for a fax of the warrants so he could serve them, he said.

Hurst walked past Equihua as he went to retrieve the warrants from the fax machine.

Hurst said Equihua slipped off the holding bench at the police station and allegedly delivered a kick with his right foot to Hurst’s right knee.

“The kick was not hard enough that I required aid,” Hurst said, but my knee was sore after the incident, and it forced me to walk with a limp for the duration of my shift,” he said.

Hurst called Zillah police for assistance. Officer Hoptowit of Zillah responded.

Hoptowit helped Hurst place Equihua in Hurst’s patrol vehicle so he could transport him to Yakima County Jail.


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