MIDLAND COUNTY, Texas (Nexstar) – The Midland County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Arizona man accused of injuring a deputy. Tom Evangelisti, 50, of Phoenix, has been charged with Assaulting a Peace Officer, onend felony level. He was also charged with a number of misdemeanors including Criminal Trespass, Unknown and Crime Offense.
According to a captured affidavit, on February 3, MCSO deputies were dispatched to a Pilot store in 4000 FM 1788 after a manager called to report that a man was inside the door. goods are causing chaos. By the time deputies arrived on the scene, the manager told them the man had left the store and was now inside the Stripes store next door. The manager of the Stripes store said the man, later identified as Evangelisti, harassed workers and customers and he refused to leave when asked.
Representatives found Evangelisti in the Stripes parking lot, and according to the affidavit, Evangelisti began running away when approached. After a brief chase, the suspect was apprehended and handcuffed.
When delegates asked for his name, Evangelisti would simply identify himself as “John Doe.” After a search, delegates were able to correctly identify him as Evangelisti.
Deputies then asked the suspect to walk with them to the patrol call, but he refused and had to be helped onto the vehicle. The affidavit reads: “While trying to put Tom in the back seat, Tom actively fought back by locking his legs and hooking his feet to the door frame.” When a lieutenant tried to control his leg, Evangelisti kicked him in the thigh and then kicked the door of a patrol car, breaking the speaker and causing hundreds of dollars worth of damage to the door.
When Evangelisti was taken to the Midland County Detention Center for processing, he refused to answer any questions about admission. He was eventually taken to a special cell so he could be monitored. Cup shots for Evangelisti were not available at the time of publication. He is being held on a $10,000 bond.
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