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Mitchell man arrested for assaulting Police officers

A 40 year old Mitchell man was arrested for assaulting Police officers, domestic aggravated assault and reckless driving. He’s identified as Jose Angel Sanchez.

The arrest was regarding an incident involving 5 Police Officers, Sanchez and an adult female that took place outside, in front of the Main entrance to The City of Mitchell Department of Public Safety Monday afternoon around 3:15.

Police say just before this incident, Sanchez drove a vehicle westbound on the 100 block of W. Railroad Avenue and turned Northbound at the intersection of Railroad Ave. and Rowley Street.  During the turn, Sanchez’s vehicle struck the curb area located on the Northwest corner of the intersection and slid, nearly striking two vehicles that were parked by the Department of Public Safety building.  Sanchez’s vehicle then slid sideways down the road and parked in front of the Department of Public Safety building by the front doors.  A city worker, who was removing snow from the roadway, was travelling Southbound on the 100 block of South Rowley St. at the time of the incident but was not injured.

Sanchez then got out of his vehicle and walked up to the front doors of the Dept. of Public Safety building.  He brandished a knife and threatened three Police Officers who were in the lobby area at that time.  An adult female then approached Sanchez and attempted to calm him.  Sanchez then threatened the female with the knife that he was holding.  Officers confronted Sanchez at gunpoint, until another officer tased and subdued him. Sanchez was then taken into custody.  He had 2 knives in his possession at the time of his arrest.

After his arrest, Sanchez exhibited signs of extreme paranoia and also made comments that police had been watching him. He received minor injuries from the incident.  No other persons were hurt or shots fired. Sanchez was arrested, and placed on a mental health hold at The Davison County jail.

Aggravated Assault is punishable by 15 years imprisonment in the state penitentiary and a $30,000 fine on each count.  Reckless Driving isa misdemeanor punishable by one-year imprisonment in a county jail and/or a fine of $2,000.