Police: Teen Assaults, Spits on Three Officers at Community Center

Spokesman: Young man had been arrested on trespassing charges earlier in the day.

Arlington Mill Community Center, 909 S. Dinwiddie St. Patch file
Arlington Mill Community Center, 909 S. Dinwiddie St. Patch file

A teenager is facing multiple charges after allegedly assaulting three officers and spitting in their faces at the Arlington Mill Community Center.

Officers were called to the 900 block of South Dinwiddie Street on Saturday afternoon after the 17-year-old boy refused to leave the center, according to information police released this week.

The young man already had been charged with trespassing at the center earlier in the day and had been released into the custody of his father, police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck told Patch.

Authorities tried to get the young man to leave the center a second time, and he refused and became combative, Sternbeck said.

"Our officers' intentions were not to arrest him, but to question him why he was back at the place he was earlier arrested at," he said.

Police attempted to place the teenager in their vehicle, at which time he began fighting with the officers, Sternbeck said. Once inside the car, he kicked out the right rear window and then spit on the officers' faces from inside the car, Sternbeck said.

"After several officers intervened, they were able to get him under control," Sternbeck said.

Sternbeck wasn't sure why the teen was at the center. Police have not released his identity because of his age.

The teenager was taken to juvenile detention on three counts of assault and battery of a police officer, plus trespassing and destruction of property charges.

Hawa Coulibaly December 17, 2013 at 12:53 PM
My issue is with this boy's father. Why would you allow him to leave the house after you had to get him out custody...? Tough love is real love! If you teach your children from day one that there are consequences for their actions, we wouldn't need the juvenile detention system.


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