Police nab suspect who decked DPS officer

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PHOENIX -- Phoenix police converged on the neighborhood of 31st Avenue and Roosevelt Street early Monday morning to search for a suspect.

It all started when the suspect, later identified as Ruben Nino, was pulled over for speeding on the off ramp of northbound Interstate 17 near McDowell Road.

The Department of Public Safety officer who made the traffic stop discovered Nino was wanted on a felony warrant. When the officer tried to take Nino into custody, he allegedly punched the officer. Nino, 45, then took off, running across I-17, handcuffs dangling from one of his wrists.

Nino headed toward 31st Avenue and Roosevelt Street. Phoenix and DPS officers set up a perimeter and spent much of the early morning searching the neighbored.

Nino was last seen running across a field of J.B. Sutton Elementary School. He reportedly was talking on a cell phone. Searchers lost  him in the yards of some nearby homes.

Officers went door-to-door, guns drawns, as they searched for Nino with the help of K-9 units on the ground and the Pheonix Firebird chopper in the air.

Investigators later called off the search. According to Lt. Stephen Harrison of the Department of Public Safety, Nino was caught in the area of 35th Avenue and Roosevelt Street at about 9 a.m., and will be booked in the Maricopa County Jail on a charge of aggravated assault.

Details regarding the felony warrant on which the man was wanted were not immediately available.