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Vandal assaults police officer; resists arrest

Published: Jan. 10, 2021 at 5:01 PM CST
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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - Officers of the Kearney Police Department responded to the 4200 block of Avenue I in reference to a suspicious subject in the area on Sunday at around 10:45 a.m. Upon arrival, officers discovered the suspect had vandalized an off-duty Kearney Police Department marked Police Vehicle, which was parked in the area. When officers attempted to contact the suspect, he was immediately combative and non-compliant, throwing an unknown object at the officer. The suspect punched and kicked two Kearney Police Officers during the arrest. Officers were able to deploy less lethal force, utilizing a Taser and the suspect was placed in custody.

Two veteran Police Officers were injured during the arrest, both received minor abrasions and scratches. One Officer was treated and released at CHI Good Samaritan Emergency Room for fractured finger.

The suspect has been identified as 33-Year-Old Jose Garcia Jr., he is believed to be a transient from out of state. Garcia Jr. was treated and released from CHI Good Samaritan Emergency Room and booked into Buffalo County Jail for Felony Criminal Mischief, two charges of Assault on a Police Officer, and Resisting Arrest. Damage to the police car is estimated at $7,000.

The motive for damaging the police vehicle is still under investigation. If you have information or video related to this case or Garcia Jr., please contact the Kearney Police Department at (308)237-2104, Buffalo County Crimestoppers at (308)237-3424, or you can submit your tip using the See it, Say it, Send it App.

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