KOSCIUSKO — Police responded to a male refusing to leave The Frog Tavern in Syracuse. Upon arrival, the man identified himself as the Holy Spirit and then battered and resisted officers.
Antonio Palacio Fuentes Jr., 52, 9541 E. Pixie Parkway, Cromwell, is being charged with battery to law enforcement,a level 6 felony; disorderly conduct, a class B felony; and public intoxication, a class B misdemeanor.
On June 1, officers with the Syracuse Police Department received a call in regards to Fuentes refusing to leave The Frog Tavern. A second call stated that the subject had left the business, taking his beer with him. Officers located the male subject on Harkless Street.
When asked to identify himself, Fuentes replied, “I’m the Holy Spirit, do you like that?” Fuentes refused to put his hands behind his back and made several vulgar statements to officers. As one officer was reaching for Fuentes’ arm, Fuentes hit the officer in the chest.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, the officer attempted to gain control of Fuentes. Fuentes continued to resist and both went to the ground. Fuentes was tased three times before he started to cooperate with officer commands.
Fuentes later admitted to pushing the officer.
As a result of the confrontation, the officer received scrapes on his right knee. Fuentes was transported to Kosciusko Community Hospital where his scrapes and scratches were treated and he was cleared for transportation to the Kosciusko County Jail.
After arriving at the jail, a jail officer assisted in removing Fuentes from the vehicle. Fuentes became combative and lunged at the officer headfirst. The officer placed his right hand on the chest of Fuentes. Fuentes then said, “You will never touch me like that again,” and lunged a second time at the officer.
Fuentes was escorted into the jail and placed in a restraint chair.