Criminal charges were filed Thursday against a man who allegedly attacked a motorcycle officer in Irwindale with two sharpened metal blades during a jaywalking stop.
Andrew Joseph Acuna, 33, of Fontana is scheduled to be arraigned June 12 on one count each of attempted murder of a peace officer, assault on a peace officer and carrying a dirk or dagger and three counts of resisting an executive officer.
The alleged attack occurred about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the area of Arrow Highway and Azusa Avenue when the uniformed officer tried to stop Acuna for jaywalking, according to Irwindale police Sgt. Rudy Gatto.
The suspect repeatedly ignored the officer’s verbal commands to stop and continued to walk away from him, Gatto said.
When the officer got off the motorcycle and attempted to physically stop Acuna, the suspect attacked the officer, striking him on the head several times with the two blades, Gatto alleged.
The officer and the suspect began to struggle and they both fell to the ground, during which time Acuna repeatedly hit the officer, continuing to strike him with the blades, Gatto alleged.
Two Irwindale Police Department detectives arrived and the three officers were able to disarm and subdue the man.
Officers recovered two hand-sharpened metal blades, which had been modified into stabbing weapons. The confrontation was witnessed by several bystanders who called 911, Gatto said.
Acuna was treated for minor injuries at Foothill Presbyterian Hospital in Glendora and was later booked at the Glendora city jail.
The three officers involved in the incident suffered cuts and abrasions, but none of them required hospitalization, Gatto said.
–City News Service
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