MIDDLETOWN - A Middletown man could face up to seven years in prison after an Orange County jury convicted him on Friday of assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.
A Middletown police officer approached Moises Almanzar, 32, about 5 p.m. on Jan. 4, 2017, near Linden Avenue, because of an active arrest warrant from Middletown City Court, according to a news release from the Orange County District Attorney's office.
When the officer tried to arrest Almanzar, prosecutors said Almanzar told police he would not submit to them and a struggle ensued, according to the release.
During the struggle, Almanzar and the officer fell to the ground. The officer injured his knee, causing him to miss six weeks of work, according to the release.
Almanzar then fled police, jumping over fences in an attempt to evade the officers.
Middletown police caught up to Almanzar in a lot near Smith Street. He continued to struggle with officers during their second attempt to arrest him, according to the release.
Almanzar was charged with second-degree assault, a felony, and two counts of resisting arrest.
"Causing physical injury to a police officer by resisting arrest is a felony," District Attorney David Hoovler said in the release. "Under our system, everyone who believes that they are being unfairly or illegally arrested has an opportunity to challenge that arrest in court, but they do not have the right to struggle with police officers in the street."
Almanzar will be sentenced in Orange County Court by Judge Craig Stephen Brown on Nov. 19.