Lopez charged with assaulting Great Falls police officers
11/13/2017 13:04:00 -07:00
By: MTN News
Jordan James Lopez, who allegedly assaulted three Great Falls police officers last week, has been charged with three counts of assault on a peace officer, resisting arrest, and obstructing a peace officer.
Court documents say that on Friday, November 10, police officers were dispatched to the Extended Stay hotel on River Drive South regarding a theft. Officers talked the front desk clerk who said there were approximately seven men and a woman staying in one of the rooms. The occupants were suspected of stealing a television from the room and the clerks wanted the occupants removed.
Officers knocked on the door of the hotel room several times and announced their presence, but no one answered, so they got a key from the front desk. Officers tried to open the door, but the door was latched on the inside. A woman inside then unlatched it. When officers asked the woman if anyone else was in the room, she hesitated and wouldn't provide a straight answer.
Police were concerned someone might be hiding under the piles of clothing on the bed so they asked the woman if anyone was under the bed and she nodded.
They saw a man hiding under the bed and asked him to show his hands. The man was later identified as Lopez.
After getting out from under the bed and showing his hands to the officers, police say he refused to follow commands to get on the ground, and instead began walking toward them.
Court documents say that because Lopez was not following commands, two officers attempted to apprehend him, but he fought back. Lopez allegedly swung and hit one of the officers in the shoulder, arm, and face, so they struck him back in order to subdue him.
Lopez was wrestled to the ground but then got back up, and an officer then Tased him as Lopez was trying to run out the door.
Court documents note that one officer sustained a dislocated shoulder, one officer's back was strained, and another officer's face "had pain and blood from Lopez's hands on it."
Lopez has convictions for theft, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, criminal endangerment, obstructing a peace officer, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
Prosecutors requested that bond for Lopez be set at $45,000.
We have requested a booking photo from the Cascade County jail, but they have not yet been able to provide one.