TEMPLE (August 19, 2013)—Two men and a woman were arrested and the men remained in the Bell County Jail Monday after two Temple officers were attacked while investigating a weekend assault and one was choked almost to the point of unconsciousness, police said.
The incident happened at around 11 p.m. Saturday in the 700 block of South 4th Street of Temple where two intoxicated men and a woman confronted officers who responded to a report of an assault, Temple police Cpl. Christopher Wilcox said.
None of the three was involved in the incident officers were investigating, Wilcox said, but the two men challenged the victims of the assault to fight and when officers intervened the men “extended the challenge to the officers.”
The three were ordered to leave the area, but refused and as one officer tried to identify them, he was attacked, Wilcox said.
One of the men got behind the officer and began to choke him and the other man attacked a backup officer who was trying to help the first, Wilcox said.
Additional officers were sent to the scene and were able to gain control of the two men, but the woman interfered as police tried to secure the pair, Wilcox said.
Officers arrested Julia Hernandez, 19, of Temple, for interference with the duties of a public servant.
She was not jailed Monday, according to online records.
Rojelio Gracia, 23, and Isaih Perez, 18, both of Temple, both remained in custody Monday.
Garcia is charged with aggravated assault on a public servant and Perez with assault on a public servant in complaints filed Monday, Wilcox said.
Bonds were pending late Monday afternoon.
It was the second incident of the weekend in which Temple officers were harmed.
At around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, an officer investigating a possible case of public intoxication in the 200 block of Southeast HK Dodgen Loop scuffled with a suspect, who received scratches on his knee.
Temple Fire & Rescue personnel were sent to check out the suspect and while they and police were at the scene, an eastbound Lexus struck the back of a patrol car, which struck a second police unit and two officers and a firefighter.
Both officers were taken to Scott & White Hospital with minor injuries.
The firefighter suffered only minor injuries and did not require hospital treatment.
Both of the injured officers returned to duty that night.