SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING LA MESA POLICE OFFICER

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September 15, 2013 (La Mesa) –Loren Montoya, 32, of Spring Valley has been arrested for assaulting a La Mesa Police officer responding to a call reporting a fight in the 5600 block of Jackson Drive shortly before 4 p.m. yesterday.

According to Police, when officers arrived on scene, the suspect refused to comply with commands and rushed at one officer. A taser was deployed, but the suspect continued to fight with officers. During the struggle, the suspect reportedly grabbed onto and attempted to remove the officer’s firearm from the holster.

The officers were able to take the suspect into custody with assistance from additional La Mesa Police officers and El Cajon Police pfficers.

One officer was transported to the hospital for an injury to his hand and was released from the hospital a short time later.

The suspect was transported to the hospital for a complaint of pain to his shoulder. He was released a short time later and was booked into County Jail on the following charges: attempting to disarm a peace officer, resisting a peace officer with violence, and assaulting a peace officer.

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the La Mesa Police Department.  

You may also call Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line (888) 580-TIPS (or www.sdcrimestoppers.com).  You can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information in this case.