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Westchester Detectives Hurt in Violent Struggle
Two detectives from the Westchester County Department of Public Safety's Warrant-Fugitive Unit were injured today when a suspect they tracked to a home in the Bronx put up a violent struggle before he was finally placed under arrest. Spokesman Kieran O'Leary say 22 year old Andrew Perez of Co-Op City in the Bronx had been sought on a warrant charging him with Criminal Possession of a Weapon and bail jumping, both felonies from a previous arrest in 2007 in Dobbs Ferry.
Dectectives located Perez at his father's home in Co-op City around 10 a.m. this morning when he put up a fight in an effort to resist arrest. He had been on the lam since 2007 when he was released on bail. Since then, officials say he failed to report for subsequent court appearances and a warrant for his arrest was issued in April 2008.
One of the arresting detective suffered a knee injury and he and another were cut and bruised in today's violent scuffle. The detectives, who are not being identified at this time, were treated for their injuries at Westchester Medical Center and released.
Perez was booked at Westchester county Police headquarters in Hawthorne on the weapons and bail jumping charges. He was then taken to the 45th Precinct in the Bronx where he's expected to be charged with 2nd Degree Assault, a felony and Resisting Arrest, a misdemeanor, as a result of the altercation with the Westchester detectives.
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