A convicted felon accused of fleeing and tussling with sheriff’s deputies trying to arrest him on a sex crimes warrant in Temecula was charged Monday with resisting arrest, illegal possession of a firearm and other offenses.

Virgil Warren Zwicker, 37, was arrested last Wednesday following the alleged confrontation with deputies in the area of Pechanga Parkway and Wolf Valley Road.

Along with the resisting arrest and gun counts, Zwicker is charged with being in possession of a controlled substance, stalking, aggravated sexual assault of a minor and lewd acts on a child.

He pleaded not guilty during an arraignment before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Stephen Gallon, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for Wednesday at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta.

The defendant is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the nearby Byrd Detention Center.

According to Riverside County Sheriff’s officials, shortly after 2 p.m. on July 3, deputies located Zwicker at a residence in the 31000 block of Bitterroot Court and attempted to serve an arrest warrant connected with the alleged sexual assault of a girl in September, about which no details were disclosed.

The convicted felon allegedly turned hostile, refusing to comply with commands that he exit the residence, then bolted out the back door, briefly evading deputies on foot, according to the sheriff’s department.

Additional deputies converged on the area, spotting Zwicker in Wolf Creek Park, where several tried to detain him, prompting Zwicker to reach into his waistband as if going for a handgun, investigators alleged.

A motorcycle deputy bumped into the defendant to stop his action, and deputies then piled on him, forcibly taking him into custody, according to sheriff’s officials.

The motor deputy and Zwicker suffered minor injuries due to the contact, according to an agency statement.

Back at the residence, a firearm and ammunition were seized, though no gun was found in the defendant’s pants, officials said.

According to court records, Zwicker has a prior conviction for spousal abuse.

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