Three arrested, charged for assaulting police officers

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POSTED: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 1:14pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 9:11pm

Three Temple residents were arrested over the weekend, following an attack on police officers.

According to police, the incident happened on Saturday, August 17, at 11 p.m. Officers were investigating an assault report in the 700 block of South 4th Street. While officers were on scene, they were confronted by two intoxicated males and one female subject, who were not related to the initial call.

The intoxicated males challenged the victim’s of the assault call to a fight, and when officers intervened, the suspect extended the challenge to the officers. Attempts to defuse the situation were unsuccessful, and the suspects were told to leave the area, but they refused. One officer attempted to identify the suspects, and he was physically attacked. One of the suspects managed to get behind the officer and began to strangle the officer to a point of almost unconsciousness. A back up officer, who was trying to assist the initial officer, was attacked by the second suspect. The officers requested additional units to assist.

Once additional back up units arrived, officers were able to gain control of the two male suspects. The female subject physically interfered with the officers while they were attempting secure the male suspects.

Julia Hernandez, a 19-year-old Temple woman, was arrested for interference with the duties of a public servant.

Rojelio Gracia, a 23-year-old Temple man, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault on a public servant.

Isaih Perez, an 18-year-old Temple man, was arrested and charged with assault on a public servant.

The cases against Gracia and Perez were presented to the Bell County District Attorney’s Office on August 19, 2013. Criminal complaints were issued by that office, charging the suspects with the named offenses. The suspects will be arraigned and bonds set at a later time.

The officer was treated and released from Scott and White Hospital that night.

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