Posted: Mar 13, 2013 4:38 PM by Ben Lloyd - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Mar 13, 2013 5:30 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - A Corpus Christi police got some help from a citizen during a dangerous struggle with a man on Lovebird Street this morning.
The officer was doing a final check for a burglary suspect before ending his shift when he noticed a man between two homes.
As the officer got out of his car he ordered Thomas Garcia, 36, to surrender. Instead, Garcia allegedly charged at him. The officer attempted to use a taser to get Garcia under control, but it malfunctioned, so Garcia reportedly took off running.
When the officer caught up with Garcia there was a struggle in which he allegedly tried to grab the pistol from the officer's belt. While keeping his pistol holstered the officer tried again to use the taser, but it did not work. Police say Garcia also tried to take the taser away from the officer then bit him.
Someone living at a nearby home got involved in the attempt to keep Garcia from leaving until other officers could arrive.
Garcia's now charged with felony assault on a public servant, attempting to take a weapon from a police officer, resisting arrest, evading arrest and failure to identify.
The booking photo taken at the Nueces County jail certainly shows Garcia with facial injuries.
Police have not said if Garcia is linked to the home burglary on Ribbontail Street.
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