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Police say family caused stir for officers during arrest

By Holly Hollman
hhollman@decaturdaily.com 340-2445

ATHENS — Athens police officers said they were outnumbered eight to two during a Friday night fight that ended with two men facing assault charges against officers.

Lt. Steve Moore said he and Wesley Jarrett were trying to arrest two men who fought them when other family members "got involved and were yelling and screaming."

Capt. Marty Bruce said the incident started when Jarrett responded to a call about a possible "drug deal going down" at 706 Clinton St. While there, Jarrett saw two men approach his patrol car and open the front door, Bruce said.

"The officer walked toward them and told them to stop," Bruce said. "They ran."

Bruce identified the men as Juan Flores, 28, of 704 N. Clinton St., and Willie Nava Gonzalez, 22, of the same address.

Bruce said Jarrett told Gonzalez to come back on the porch. During this time, Moore arrived to assist.

"Both suspects were intoxicated and became belligerent," Bruce said. "When Jarrett started to handcuff Gonzalez, Gonzalez tried to hit him and clawed his face, almost clawing his eye."

Flores allegedly started to jump Jarrett, so Moore grabbed Flores.

"He punched Moore in the face," Bruce said.

"Several family members came out and tried to keep the officers from taking the suspects into custody."

Bruce said officers gained control and charged the two men with resisting arrest, public intoxication and second-degree assault.

Moore and Jarrett did not seek medical attention.

Gonzalez and Flores were in Limestone County Jail in lieu of $6,500 bond.

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