Thursday, February 13, 2014

Suspicious Person Call Leads to Arrest of Subject

Photo of suspect Echols
On February 11 at 9:12 pm, officers responded to a call reference a suspicious person looking into windows and trying to open doors to the church located at 1720 E. Broadway. Upon arrival, the suspect, later identified as 43 year-old Darrell Echols,  became confrontational with them, took a fighting stance and yelled, “Which one of you want this?” The suspect then charged and grabbed an officer around his waist in an attempt to tackle him. 

Our officer was able to prevent getting tackled and a struggle began with the suspect. Another officer then deployed a Taser and both prongs hit the suspect. After being Tased, the suspect was no longer interested in fighting and was taken into custody without further incident. The officers and suspect were not injured. The suspect was drinking beer upon contact and had stated he had been up for 3 days and had taken methamphetamine earlier in the day. 

He was checked by the Mesa Fire Department and then booked for the Aggravated Assault on an Officer, Trespassing, Public Consumption, and Obstructing a Public Thoroughfare.

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