On Jan. 13 at 11:15 p.m., Mesa officers responded to the McDonald’s restaurant near Mesa Dr. and University in reference to a suspect planning to commit theft inside the restaurant. Officers arrived and made contact with the suspect, 23 year-old Oscar Garcia. After speaking with him, officers released Garcia. When officers were leaving the scene, Garcia jumped in front of a patrol car in an attempt to be hit; Garcia was not hit or injured.
Having a motorcycle helmet in hand, Garcia swung the helmet in effort to shatter the front headlight of the patrol car. When officers exited their vehicles to arrest him for attempted criminal damage, Garcia began swinging his helmet, striking an officer in the side. When Garcia resisted arrest, a .22 caliber semi-automatic handgun fell from his waistband.
Good job by our officers taking Garcia into custody without injury to officers or suspect. Garcia was booked for attempted criminal damage, aggravated assault and resisting arrest.