SUPERIOR — A Superior man is facing aggravated assault charges after he allegedly tangled with two police officers in the middle of U.S. 60.
According to Pinal County Superior Court records, Anthony J. Ochoa, 23, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, criminal damage and shoplifting.
Superior Police officers responded to a call around 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 5 about a report of shoplifting at a Superior business. While en route, the officers spotted a man, later identified as Ochoa, walking east on U.S. 60. Ochoa matched the description of the man accused of shoplifting.
Ochoa fled on foot when officers approached him. Officers chased him and were able to stop him by using a stun gun. Officers then allegedly struggled with Ochoa on the ground in the westbound lanes of the highway to put him in handcuffs, causing traffic to back up to the Queen Creek Bridge.
As they struggled with him, Ochoa allegedly hit one officer in the face with a closed fist, cutting a gash in the officer’s face. The other officer reported that he received cuts, scrapes and other injuries to his knees and legs during the struggle. One officer’s prescription sunglasses and a smartwatch were destroyed in the struggle.
Once Ochoa was detained, officers allegedly found items that had been reported stolen from the store on his person. A store employee identified the items as things that had been shoplifted from the store.
Officers also allegedly found drug paraphernalia that field tested positive for methamphetamine on Ochoa. Ochoa was booked into the county jail.