Man arrested after tussling with Colusa Police officer

A 23-year-old Colusa man was arrested on Friday after police say he committed battery against an employee at the Full Stop Market in Colusa, and then tussled with a Colusa Police sergeant.   

According to Sgt. Eldon Tamez, officers from the Colusa Police Department responded for a report of possible robbery and battery against a store clerk at around 6:52 PM on March 30. An officer responded to the scene and made contact with the suspect, Alberto Molina Melesio. Through their investigation, officers learned that Melesio had jumped over the counter and assaulted the clerk prior to police arriving, the department said in a statement. 

“As they were walking out the door, the suspect became aggressive,” said Tamez. “He put his hand on the sergeant’s gun, and the fight was on. Melesio refused to obey commands to stop fighting. The sergeant was able to take his TASER out to apprehend him. It wasn’t effective when it was deployed, and he had to dry stun him a couple of times.”
After the struggle, Melesio was apprehended, arrested, and booked into the Colusa County Jail on charges of battery by gassing of a peace officer, battery against a police officer, obstructing or resisting a police officer, and vandalism – all felonies – as well as a misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a police officer. He is being held on $60,000 bail.

According to Tamez, the responding officer suffered a broken finger while attempting to arrest Melesio. ■

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Brian Pearson is the Managing Editor & Reporter for the Williams Pioneer Review. Brian joined the Williams Pioneer Review in June 2016 and is committed to bringing hyperlocal news to its readers. A few of his projects include reporting on local government and the newly feature sports page. To contact Brian about this article, or for future articles, please email him at brian@colusacountynews.net