Several Eugene Police officers injured after arrest incident

Three Eugene Police officers were injured Thursday after an altercation with a man interfering with the arrest of another man, police said.

Posted: Jul 2, 2021 4:57 AM
Updated: Jul 2, 2021 12:07 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Three Eugene Police officers were injured Thursday after an altercation with a man interfering with the arrest of another man, police said.

Officers were called to Home Depot on Seneca Road in west Eugene around 3 p.m. Thursday for a report of a man stealing tools. The theft suspect was identified as 44-year-old Alfredo Viorato-Castellon.

According to police, while arresting Viorato-Castellon, another man, Tanner Hobensack, 38, began heckling officers and interfering with the arrest.

An officer tried to get Hobensack onto the ground using a Taser twice, but Hobensack allegedly got back up and started swinging his fists at the officer. The same officer then used pepper spray which make Hobensack walk away.

When another officer caught up with Hobensack, he allegedly started punching that officer too. The officer's ankle was broken during this encounter, and when an emergency cover unit got to the scene, the officer was on the ground injured. Another officer was also reportedly injured taking Hobensack into custody.

Some of the altercation was caught on video by bystanders.

Hobensack was taken to the Lane County Jail on charges of assault on a public safety officer, resisting arrest, and interfering with police. He scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. Friday.

Viorato-Castellon was charged with theft in the second degree and escape from custody.

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