Suspect in Phoenix police assault arrested

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Emeterio Zaragoza Jr. By Christina O'Haver Emeterio Zaragoza Jr. By Christina O'Haver
Emeterio Zaragoza Jr. By Christina O'Haver Emeterio Zaragoza Jr. By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX (AP) -- The U.S. Marshals Service says a man accused of fleeing after assaulting a Phoenix police officer during a traffic stop is in custody.

U.S. Marshal David Gonzales says deputies and officers arrested Emeterio Zaragoza, Jr. Friday in west Phoenix.

Acting on information that Zaragoza was at a Phoenix apartment complex, deputies conducted surveillance there and followed the suspect's vehicle for several miles before making an arrest.

Phoenix police say officers pulled Zaragoza and a passenger over Nov. 5 for a traffic violation.

Police say the passenger was found to have an outstanding arrest warrant and Zaragoza became irritated.

They say that's when Zaragoza allegedly tried to leave in the vehicle and struck an officer with his fist.

The officer was dragged for several feet and suffered abrasions.

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