Temple man suspected of burglary, is charged with resisting arrest

POSTED: Monday, February 25, 2013 - 8:12pm
UPDATED: Monday, February 25, 2013 - 8:14pm

A Temple man is charged with resisting arrest after he allegedly tried to escape after being arrested.

According to the police report, officers were dispatched to "El Dorado Restaurant", located at 715 South First Street, around 1:30 a.m., in reference to an alarm call.  Officers arrived and found unknown suspect(s) had made entry into the building and removed property without the owner’s permission.  The business was able to provide the officers with a description of the suspect, obtained from security video on scene.

At about 2:36 a.m., an officer on patrol located evidence from the burglary near the 00 block of West Avenue G.  The officer began to check the area for additional evidence and the subject involved in the burglary.  The officer located a male subject matching the physical description and was wearing similar clothing to the suspect, walking in the 600 block of North 4th Street.

The officer exited his patrol car and identified the suspect as Joaquin Garza, a 17 year old Temple man.  While interviewing the subject, the officer located property belonging to the business in Garza’s possession. Garza was taken into custody and placed into the back seat of the officer’s patrol car.  As the officer was photographing and gathering the additional evidence from the scene, Garza, who was restrained in handcuffs, managed to move his hands from behind his back to the front of his body.  The suspect then managed to open the plexi-glass partition between the front and back of the patrol car.  Garza then climbed through the divider window, into the front seat of the patrol unit.  The officer observed Garza in the front seat of the patrol unit and pulled the suspect from the patrol car.  Garza began to physically resist the officer's efforts to place him back into custody.  Additional units soon arrived on scene and Garza was placed back into custody.

The case(s) were reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office, who declined to issue a criminal complaint(s) at this time.  Garza remains in Bell County Jail, charged with the misdemeanor offense of Resisting Arrest or Search. The investigation into the burglary remains active.

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