Refusing to sit, suspect assaults officer

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Early Saturday morning, just before 3:30, Lincoln police officers were called to the area of North 64th Street and Gregory Avenue on a report of an individual attempting to open car doors.

Upon arrival, officers found the 20-year-old suspect, Joshua Patten, inside a vehicle that was not his. After officers placed him in handcuffs, they attempted to place Patten inside a police vehicle. However, Patten refused to sit down in the police vehicle. Officers explained why he was being detained and repeatedly ordered him to sit, but Patten continued to refuse.

When officers attempted to seat the suspect in the vehicle, Patten began kicking at the officers, striking one in the chest twice. During the struggle, that same officer also sustained a laceration to his upper lip.

Patten was cited and lodged for felony assault on a police officer and misdemeanor counts of larceny from auto.


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