A man faces assault charges after Nassau County Police said he injured an officer while under arrest.
Jose Rodriguez, 28, of Central Islip, was detained at the Sunrise Mall Wal-Mart Sunday for petit larceny, cops said. Two Seventh Squad detectives arrived on an unrelated investigation and told Rodriguez he was being charged. When his wife and two young children arrived and were told to leave, Rodriguez attempted to leave, police stated. Detectives told the defendant to remain seated but Rodriguez refused and a struggle ensued, cops said. Detectives tried to handcuff Rodriguez but he struggled and injured one of the detective's hands.
The incident happened Sunday at 3 p.m., police said.
Rodriguez was found with three forged documents on his person when he was arrested, cops said.
Rodriguez was charged with second-degree assault, resisting arrest, endangering the welfare of a child, three counts of second-degree possession of a forged instrument, and petit larceny. He will be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Hempstead.