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CASA GRANDE — A Casa Grande man was arrested for throwing rocks at police officers who had just released him from custody.

According to a Casa Grande Police Department probable cause statement, Eliezer Cervantes, 27, was contacted by police at 2:41 p.m. Monday near his home in the 1100 block of East Prickly Pear Street.

Police said Cervantes, who was intoxicated, refused to identify himself to officers.

“Eliezer (Cervantes) refused to identify himself and was detained due to Eliezer trying to walk away from me while I was attempting to identify him,” the report stated. Officers handcuffed him behind his back, and he was secured in the back seat of a patrol car.

“After Eliezer was identified via photograph from officer Perry’s patrol computer, Eliezer was released from handcuffs. Eliezer then walked into the front yard of 1170 East Prickly Pear, bent over, grabbed a handful of decorative rocks and threw the rocks at officer Perry, officer Espino and I. The rocks struck officer Perry and officer Espino. During the incident, I was in fear that the rocks were going to strike me,” the CGPD officer wrote.

Cervantes was handcuffed again and placed under arrest. He was transported to the CGPD booking area and later booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center in Florence.

He was charged with three counts of aggravated assault of a police officer and refusing to provide his truthful name when legally detained.

He was released from jail on his own recognizance and is scheduled to appear in Superior Court Feb. 28.


Jim Headley is a reporter covering breaking news, crime and justice around Pinal County. He can be reached at jheadley@pinalcentral.com.