By Conrad Dudderar
A Yukon man has been formally charged with assaulting Geary’s police chief.
The incident was reported May 18 outside Alfredo’s Mexican restaurant, 1751 Garth Brooks Blvd.
Angel Benjamin Zendejas, 23, was charged May 25 in Canadian County District Court with assault and battery on a police officer and domestic assault and battery.
Prosecutors allege Zendejas “willfully and unlawfully” struck Cecil Harrall “on his inner left arm by biting him with the intent to injure” – knowing Harrall was a police officer performing the duties of a police officer.
Harrall is the police chief in Geary, a city in Canadian and Blaine counties.
That felony count is punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a $500 fine.
Zendejas also faces a misdemeanor for committing an assault and battery on a woman he was dating by hitting her in the face “with force and violence,” according to court documents.
That count is punishable by up to one year in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.
‘I AM THE POLICE’
Allegations against the defendant are detailed in a probable cause affidavit signed by Yukon Police Sgt. Shelly George, who had been dispatched to 1751 Garth Brooks Blvd. on a reported disturbance.
George spoke with the alleged victim, who told the officer he was sitting in his vehicle waiting for his family when he heard a female screaming and running around the building.
“Harrall’s son let the female into the place of business,” according to the affidavit. “Zendejas appeared shortly after and Harrall exited his vehicle making contact.
“Zendejas told Harrall to call the police. Harrall informed Zendejas he was the police and produced his badge.”
Zendejas then allegedly “bowed up” and lunged at the Geary police chief. They ended up on the ground wrestling.
“During that time, Harrall was bit on the inner left arm by Zendejas,” Sgt. George wrote in the affidavit.
Chief Harrall reportedly held Zendejas to the ground until Yukon police arrived.
The affidavit also details the alleged domestic abuse incident between the defendant and a female victim that had occurred outside the restaurant.
Zendejas was arrested and booked into the Canadian County Jail for assaulting a police officer and domestic assault and battery.
After being formally charged, the defendant appeared June 14 at an initial court arraignment before District Judge Jack D. McCurdy.
A preliminary hearing conference is set Aug. 4 before Special Judge Khristan Strubhar. Bond was set at $10,000 on count one and $2,500 on count two.