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PHOENIX -- A man accused of assaulting an Arizona Department of Public Safety Officer on New Year's Day and being involved in a Thursday morning stabbing is in custody.
Authorities say 25-year-old Rafael Reyna III was arrested Thursday afternoon after barricading himself in a Phoenix house.
He's accused of repeatedly hitting a DPS officer in the face while being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on U.S. 60 in Mesa.
Reyna fled while still wearing a handcuff on his left wrist.
Authorities also believe Reyna was involved in a stabbing Thursday morning at an apartment complex near 26th Street and Thomas Road.
Detectives tracked Reyna to a house on 37th street, not far from the stabbing scene.
Police say he then fled the house, hopped a fence, and ran to his mother's apartment nearby.
"He ran out through here like a bat out of hell," said one neighbor who declined to be identified. "All of a sudden all hell breaks loose. ... We see everybody running with their guns out."
Police say once Reyna was cornered, he surrendered without incident.
"He's one of those people that absolutely shouldn't be on the streets," said DPS Officer Carrick Cook. "Today alone shows his desperation."
Reyna is also a suspected gang member and convicted felon. Police say he has a history of violence toward law enforcement personnel.
The DPS officer involved in the New Year's Day incident was severely beaten but is recovering at home with his family, Cook said.
"He is in good spirits," Cook said. "He's been contacted to know Reyna is in custody. He was very happy. We're very thankful to Marshals Service and Phoenix police for their help. This was the top priority of our agency."