HOWARD CITY – Angel Mendoza-Tepetitlan was allegedly four times the legal limit of intoxication when he passed out on his way to pick up his child, then assaulted two Good Samaritans and a police officer.
Howard City police officers responded to the area of Shaw and Muenscher streets at 6:40 p.m. Tuesday after a report of an intoxicated and disorderly person laying in the road, according to Police Chief Steve DeWitt.
An officer arrived in time to witness Mendoza-Tepetitlan, 23, allegedly assaulting an adult brother and sister who had attempted to help Mendoza-Tepetitlan as he lay passed out on the ground. Mendoza-Tepetitlan tried to punch the woman several times while charging at her. When the brother intervened, Mendoza-Tepetitlan assaulted him and ripped off his shirt.
The police officer confronted Mendoza-Tepetitlan, who responded by attacking and punching the officer. The officer, who sustained minor injuries, was finally able to place him under arrest.
Mendoza-Tepetitlan was found to be approximately four times the legal limit of intoxication. He received medical attention after his arrest due to his “extremely high level of intoxication,” according to DeWitt.
Witnesses had observed him driving a vehicle to pick up his young child at a location where the child was being cared for. The child was released to another family member who had accompanied Mendoza-Tepetitlan to the loaction.
Mendoza-Tepetitlan was arraigned today in 64B District Court. He is charged with assaulting or resisting and obstructing arrest, a possible two-year felony. He is also charged with assaulting two Good Samaritans.
Immigration authorities were contacted, as Mendoza-Tepetitlan is alleged to have entered the United States illegally. An investigation regarding this was turned over to immigration.
The Howard City Police Department was assisted on the scene by the Michigan State Police and the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department.