A Spanish Fork man was recently detained and charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. The officer involved was taken to the hospital with orbital fractures and facial lacerations. The suspect was driven away by a resident with a concealed gun permit, being arrested half an hour later.
Spanish Fork Man Caught Stealing from Donation Box
According to Springville Police, 40-year-old Paul Douglas Anderson has been arrested after attacking a law enforcement officer. On Friday afternoon, at approximately 2 p.m., a Spanish Fork resident dialed 911 and informed the emergency dispatcher of an individual who was behaving in an odd manner.
A police officer was sent to investigate the disturbance. According to the official report, the law enforcement officer found the Paul Douglas Anderson buried in a donation box, with his feet dangling out.
The officer approached the suspect and ordered him to step out of the box. Anderson complied, at first, but upon exiting the bin, he shoved his hands in his pockets. Reportedly, when the officer told Anderson to get his hands out of the pockets, the suspect started punching the officer.
The scene was witnessed by a passerby who ran to help the officer. Owning a concealed gun permit, the individual drew out his weapon and told the Spanish Fork man to cease. Seeing the armed individual, Anderson ran from the scene but was later apprehended by the authorities who set up a perimeter in the area.
Following the incident, the law enforcement officer was rushed to the hospital where he received medical attention for orbital fractures and facial lacerations. Anderson was booked into the Utah County jail and was charged with failure to stop at a police officer’s order, burglary, theft, assaulting a law enforcement officer, and resisting arrest.
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