Officials: Deputy put in a choke hold while trying to take down suspect
A first-year deputy with the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office was assaulted — and at one point put in a choke hold — after making a routine traffic stop late Wednesday night.
The incident happened around 11:30 p.m. near the intersection of 13th Street and Sixth Avenue SE in Rochester. The deputy noticed two cars parked in the middle of the street. One of the drivers was not wearing a seat belt, so a traffic stop was initiated, according to the sheriff's office.
The driver, later identified as 38-year-old Fernando Garcia-Davila, fled on foot as soon as the deputy's lights went on. As the deputy was chasing after him, an unknown man holding a baby "charged our deputy, causing all three to fall to the ground," says the report.
While they were on the ground, three women allegedly began yelling at the deputy in Spanish. He was able to get back to his feet and catch Garcia-Davila as he tried to scale a fence.
"The suspect immediately resisted and engaged in a fight with our deputy," said Capt. Scott Behrns. "As our deputy continued to fight with the suspect, the three Hispanic females and the unknown male quickly approached our deputy and the suspect."
The four additional suspects tried to pull the deputy off of Garcia-Davila. At one point, one of them put the deputy's neck in a choke hold, notes the report. The deputy said he felt like he was going to pass out, so he yelled "I give up, you are free to go."
The deputy was able to reengage Garcia-Davila after officers from the Rochester Police Department arrived on scene. However, the other four suspects ran away when they heard police sirens approaching.
Update: On Thursday, authorities tracked down the three female suspects and took them into custody. Maria Del Socorro Davila-Garcia, 59, and Gloria Selena Garcia Garza, 19, are being held on charges of riot, disorderly conduct and obstruction of the legal process. A 15-year-old girl was also arrested and taken to the juvenile detention center.
Angel Garcia-Davila, 30, turned himself in later in the day. He faces a charge of 4th-degree assault for allegedly putting the deputy in a choke hold. Authorities say all four additional suspects are related to Fernando Garcia-Davila.