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Alleged Theft Suspect Bites Officer During Arrest

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FROM THE CORPUS CHRISTI POLICE DEPARTMENT -

Occurred on 9/23/12, 4:56 pm  Assault on a Public Servant    313 Brownlee

Officers were dispatched to a theft call in which a male wearing a red hat along with a female carrying a backpack were involved.  A witness told Officers the man in the red hat jumped the fence and stole several containers and put them in a grocery cart.  The man and woman were last seen pushing the cart on westbound Agnes Street towards.

Officers found the couple at Agnes and 18th Streets and found the man to be intoxicated and the woman to be wanted.  Jean Michelle Zapata, 39, and Teodoro Rosas, 53, were both arrested and returned to the location where the theft occurred.  While conducting their investigation, it was discovered that Rosas had Crack Cocaine inside his mouth.  Rosas was asked to open his mouth, but he tried to swallow the drugs. One of the Officers tried to remove the drugs from his mouth, but was bitten instead.   Police were unable to retrieve the Crack Cocaine.  Rosas was medically cleared before booked at the City Detention Center.

Zapata was charged with an outstanding Nueces County warrant for Failure to Appear with No Bond set, while Rosas was charged with Public Intoxication and Assault~Bodily Injury-Public Servant.  There was a couple of items found on the suspects, but it is unknown at this time if they were stolen.