Criminal charges were filed Thursday against a Compton man who allegedly aimed a large work truck at a Torrance police officer and attacked two other men at a landscaping business.
Jose Felix Campos Cortez, 44, pleaded not guilty to one felony count each of attempted murder of a peace officer and assault upon a peace officer and two felony counts each of assault with a deadly weapon and vandalism with over $400 in damage.
Cortez allegedly threw rocks Tuesday at the owner of a Torrance landscaping business with whom he had previously worked, and rammed the owner’s vehicle with his work truck.
He also allegedly chased after a security guard while wielding a chainsaw and trying to start it, according to prosecutors.
After police arrived at the scene, Cortez allegedly aimed his truck and accelerated it toward an officer, who was able to get out of the way. Officers fired at Cortez, but did not hit him, authorities said.
Cortez, who was arrest shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday, was ordered to be held in lieu of $1 million bail pending his next appearance May 12 at the Torrance courthouse.
If convicted, he could face up to life in state prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
— Wire reports