Police ID handcuffed suspect who stabbed officer

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Antonio Francois Spina (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Antonio Francois Spina (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Antonio Francois Spina (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety OffenderWatch) Antonio Francois Spina (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety OffenderWatch)
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Police on Wednesday identified the suspect accused of stabbing one officer and injuring another even though his hands were cuffed behind his back.

Antonio Francois Spina II, 34, is not only facing a variety of charges but he also is wanted on “an outstanding felony warrant from Virginia for sex offender absconder,” Sgt. Alan R. Pfohl of the Phoenix Police Department wrote in an email alert Wednesday morning.

Early on in the investigation, police said the suspect was 60 years old. Pfohl explained that detectives had not yet identified Spina when that information was released.

“His age was determined to be 60 years old based on the information he initially provided the officers,” he said. “It is believed he was attempting to change his appearance to avoid detection for his outstanding warrants.”

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According to Arizona Department of Public Safety OffenderWatch, Spina, who was known to some as Nino, is a registered sex offender for possession of child pornography. It's not clear when the photo on OffenderWatch was taken.

Not only did Spina stab one officer, an 11-year veteran of the force, he injured another one. Both were treated and released.

This happened Tuesday morning at a Circle K in the area of 17th Avenue and Van Buren Street.

"Our officers were at the Circle K here on an unrelated call when a citizen approached them and advised them of a male subject acting suspiciously in the area all morning," Pfohl said shortly after Spina's arrest.

Police determined that the van Spina was in had been reported stolen. The officers, whose names have not been released, took Spina into custody and sat him in the back of a patrol vehicle, leaving the door open. 

"During their conversation, the suspect lunged out toward the officers," Pfohl said. "A struggle ensued and during that struggle, the suspect armed himself with a knife and stabbed one of the officers in the back of the leg."

The second officer suffered some abrasions to his forehead in the course of the struggle that ended with Spina back in the patrol car.

Investigators are trying to determine how Spina, whose hands were cuffed behind his back, managed to pull the knife and go after the officers.

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