A 33-year-old pedestrian Tuesday allegedly attacked and tried to stab a police officer in Irwindale who tried to stop him for a traffic code violation.
The attack occurred about 1:30 p.m. in the area of Azusa Avenue and Arrow Highway, according to Irwindale police Cpl. Diego Cornejo
The uniformed motorcycle officer and other officers who responded to help take the suspect into custody sustained minor injuries, Cornejo said.
The suspect, later identified as Andrew Joseph Acuna of Fontana, had “repeatedly disobeyed the officer’s request to stop, becoming increasingly hostile and belligerent … ,” Cornejo said.
Acuna continued to walk east on Arrow Highway from Azusa Avenue but was eventually stopped by the officer, the corporal said.
“During the contact, the suspect struck the officer, causing (him) to fall on his back on the sidewalk,” Cornejo said.
Acuna allegedly got on top of the officer and repeatedly tried to stab him with a sharp weapon, or “shank,” Cornejo said.
“Additional Irwindale Police Department personnel responded and after a brief struggle were able to take the suspect into custody,” Cornejo said.
All the officers were treated at the scene while Acuna was taken to a hospital for treatment of a laceration to his nose and a sprained finger, the corporal said.
Acuna was booked on suspicion of attempted murder of a peace officer, assault with a deadly weapon, obstructing or resisting a peace officer with violence, assault on a peace officer, possession of a dagger, resisting or delaying a peace officer and possession of controlled cannabis.
Acuna was being held in lieu of $2 million bail, Cornejo said.
–City News Service
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