SUPERIOR — A man was arrested for allegedly blocking police and shoving officers who were attempting to question a juvenile outside a Superior home.

According to a Superior Police Department probable cause statement, Armando Longoria, 20, of Superior was arrested shortly after 3 p.m. on Feb. 13 for obstruction of government operations, aggravated assault on a peace officer, hindering prosecution and resisting arrest.

Court records indicated that SPD officers were attempting to “speak with a juvenile in reference to possession of marijuana and Longoria knowingly obstructed their movement by positioning himself in front of the officers and shoving them in the chest, all the while telling the juvenile to run inside his home.”

SPD officers informed Longoria that he was under arrest and attempted to place him in handcuffs.

“However, he again shoved the officer and slipped out of his T-shirt while attempting to run backwards. Longoria fell to the ground and was taken into custody after officers unholstered their Taser and pointed it at him,” the probable cause statement reads.

The report continues, “Officers quickly removed Longoria and the juvenile from the scene after Longoria’s family members poured out of the home and verbally threatened officers.”

Once at the SPD station, Longoria allegedly admitted pushing the officers, “because he wanted to save face” in front of the family, according to court documents. He also told officers he smoked medical marijuana about four hours before the incident.

Longoria was transported to the Pinal County Adult Detention Center and booked. He was later released on a $2,500 secured bond. He is scheduled to appear in Superior Court on Friday.

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

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