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Man charged after fleeing police, spitting on public servants - Odessa American: Law Enforcement

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Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2019 4:11 pm

A 28-year-old man was arrested after he reportedly fled arrest, kicked the inside of a patrol unit and spit on officers and paramedics on the way to Medical Center Hospital.

Ruben Luis Rico was charged with obstruction or retaliation, a third-degree felony, harassment of public servant, a third-degree felony, evading arrest or detention with previous conviction, a state jail felony, and criminal mischief of $2,500 but less than $30,000, a state jail felony.

Rico was also charged with criminal trespassing, a class A misdemeanor, resisting arrest, search or transport, a class A misdemeanor, criminal mischief of $500 but less than $1,500, a class A misdemeanor and criminal trespassing, a class B misdemeanor.

The incident happened at 10:41 a.m. Tuesday at the Woodcrest Apartments, an Odessa Police Department affidavit stated.

Rico was advised to stay away from a Woodcrest Apartment, but he stated that he would return to the apartment soon, the affidavit detailed. The apartment door was unsecure and slightly open where officers saw large home appliances thrown around.

Officers found Rico walking near 10th Street and Coronado Avenue, the affidavit stated. Officers attempted to stop Rico, but he started to flee on foot and ran into a neighboring apartment, the affidavit stated. Officers attempted to make contact with the apartment but heard a large object being placed against the front door.

Officers announced rank and title but a man that reportedly sounded like Rico stated a different name and stated he wasn’t Rico and the police should leave, the affidavit detailed. Officers heard a glass window break and they saw Rico attempting to flee out of the window, but turned back when he saw officers. Officers gained entry in the front door and placed Rico into custody.

Rico reportedly resisted arrest from officers, the affidavit stated. Rico began kicking the back door of a patrol unit and was advised to stop. Officers opened the back door and restrain Rico and he began kicking the door toward the officers and pushing his way out of the patrol unit while handcuffed.

Officers pepper sprayed Rico and placed him on the ground until medical help arrived to render first aid, the affidavit stated. While on the ground, Rico stated to officers, “Do you want to die, I will kill you.” As he was being transported by ambulance to MCH, Rico spit on officers and paramedics.

After he was treated and release from MCH, Rico was charged, arrested and transported to Ector County Law Enforcement Center. He has eight bonds totaling $115,000 and was still in custody as of Thursday afternoon, jail records show.

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