10 years probation for man who kicked deputy, carried forged documents

Published 8:21 am Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A Preston man who was accused of residing in the country illegally after kicking a deputy in the inner thigh in October was sentenced to 10 years probation Monday in Mower County Court.

Omar Antonio Cruz-Arguijo, 28, could also face deportation and must cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as part of his probation terms.

Cruz-Arguijo was initially charged with felony forgery, fourth-degree assault on a peace officer, driving after cancellation and no proof of insurance; however, all charges were dismissed, with the exception of felony forgery, as part of a plea agreement.

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The incident occurred in October, when Cruz-Arguijo was pulled over by a Mower County Sheriff’s deputy for a routine traffic stop because his vehicle crossed the center line. He was unable to provide the deputy with a driver’s license or insurance but presented him with a permanent resident card, which he later admitted to making himself.

After Cruz-Arguijo gave the deputy the forged permanent resident card, the deputy asked him to step out of the car and he refused.

After some resistance, the deputy handcuffed Cruz-Arguijo, but he refused to get in the back of the squad car and kicked the deputy in the right inner thigh area.

The deputy then used a stun gun on Cruz-Arguijo, but it had little to no effect, according to court documents.

One other deputy, a city police officer and a translator were called for assistance during the incident, and the officers were able to detain Cruz-Arguijo.

Cruz-Arguijo must also complete 80 community service hours as part of his probation.