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Ventura Police Officer Injured During Struggle To Arrest Stolen Car Suspect

Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2011 2:09pm

A Ventura Police Officer was injured when officers tried to arrest an auto theft suspect, and he fought with them.

It happened just after 8 p.m. Thursday night (9/21), in a supermarket parking lot on the 7800 block of Telegraph Road.  Police were called by someone who thought they saw a man casing vehicles  in the lot.  When they arrived, they found John Rupp of Ventura, and figured out he was a suspect in connection with an auto theft earlier in the day.

Officers say as they tried to arrest the 18-year-old man, he started fighting with them.  They used a Taser, but say it failed to stop the violent behavior, but they were finally able to pin Rupp down, and arrest him.

He’s facing auto theft, resisting arrest, and battery of a peace officer charges.  The officer was treated, and released at a hospital for his injuries.

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