Officer forced to pull gun in arrest of attempted murder suspect
RIFLE, Colo. – A Rifle policeman had to pull his gun on a man suspected of trying to kill his mother before being able to arrest him last week.The officer was able to subdue Juan Loya, 23, after striking him in the torso with the palm of his hand as Loya advanced toward him, an arrest affidavit states.The affidavit also said Loya threatened to attack his mother with a knife after trying to suffocate her with a pillow.Juan Manuel Loya, 23, remained in Garfield County Jail Monday after being arrested on charges including attempted murder, menacing, false imprisonment, third-degree assault, resisting arrest and harassment.The altercation happened Nov. 6 on McCarron Court. Loya and his 45-year-old mother reportedly shared a residence there.When officer K. Wilson responded to the scene, the mother said her son “had gone crazy and attacked her,” Wilson wrote in the affidavit.The woman said Loya was upset because she refused to let him take her car. She was speaking on a phone in a bathroom when he entered, grabbed her wrist and pulled the phone from her hand, police say.He then told her, “Yon don’t need to ever talk to my … friends,” she told police.She tried to flee, but he put a pillow over her face and forced her backwards against an open door, using enough force she felt her nose bend to one side, the affidavit indicates.The woman then freed herself, called her daughter and fled to the kitchen. There, Loya reportedly grabbed a steak knife, pretended he would kill himself, then stabbed a blue water jug.”As he stabbed the water jug he shouted to the effect of ‘This is you,'” the affidavit said.His mother fled to a front room, and he allegedly threw his knife in the kitchen, came to the front room, grabbed a broom and began to swing it around, smashing it against a door. The mother’s daughter arrived and he shoved them both, cussing them out and calling them liars, the mother told police.He then followed his mom around the residence, throwing things off counters and tables, before leaving, the affidavit said.The woman reportedly had red marks on her face and wrist, and suffered an injury to a previously injured shoulder.While Wilson was interviewing the woman, Loya reportedly called her from Go-Fer Foods in Rifle. Wilson found him there and ordered him to remove his hands from his sweatshirt. Instead, Loya began walking rapidly toward Wilson and ignored an order to stop, the affidavit said.Wilson then drew his gun.”His eyes were fixed on mine,” Wilson wrote in the affidavit.He wrote that he struck Loya when he came within three feet of him, at which point Loya dropped a phone he was holding and took several steps back. Wilson then was able to arrest him.Rifle police chief Daryl Meisner said police also are equipped with Taser guns, but Wilson wanted to be prepared for the possibility of a greater threat because Loya reportedly may have been armed.”The Taser isn’t necessarily a substitute in all cases for lethal force,” Meisner said.”We’re very happy with the outcome,” he said. “Any time we don’t have to use any force is always best, but the lowest level of force is always our best option. It came out well.”Contact Dennis Webb: firstname.lastname@example.org
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