Man Arrested for Assaulting Police – Hospital Staff

The victim and suspect knew each other and an argument occurred over money.

FREDERICK, Md. (DG) – A dispute over money lead to the arrest of a Frederick man.

Frederick Police responded to the 400 block of W. Patrick St. for a fight in progress at around 3:45 PM on Sunday.

Arriving officers found a woman screaming that she had just been robbed and assaulted by James Rodriguez. Police saw Rodriguez in the area with the victim’s purse and wallet in hand. Officers gave Rodriguez several orders to stop, but he tried to leave the scene.

Rodriguez resisted being taken into custody. One officer suffered a minor injury to his forehead.

Police found the victim’s money in Rodriguez’s pocket.

During their investigation, police learned that both the victim and Rodriguez knew each other and an argument occurred over money. The female and Rodriguez were arguing when she was pushed down onto the sidewalk causing injury to her knee. While the victim was on the ground, Rodriguez grabbed her purse from around her arm and fled the scene.

Rodriguez was taken to an area hospital for an evaluation. At the hospital, he continued to cause a disturbance resulting in a small area of the hospital to be evacuated. Rodriguez assault hospital staff and another officer. One hospital security officer sustained injury.

Rodriguez was transported to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center. He has been charged with second degree assault, theft, destruction of property, and failure to obey.

By:  Dianah Gibson