SAN JOSE -- A burglary suspect arrested after a lengthy standoff Tuesday was under the influence of drugs when he brawled with two officers, during which he grabbed a police Taser and baton, police said.
Rene Jimenez Rodriguez, 34, of San Jose, is being held without bail in the Santa Clara County Jail where he was booked on eight counts related to resisting arrest and assaulting an officer, taking an officer's weapon, burglary and having burglary tools, being under the influence of a controlled substance and having drug paraphernalia.
San Jose police Sgt. Heather Randol said Wednesday that an officer undergoing in-field training and his training officer were the patrolmen involved in the skirmish and were not injured.
Early Tuesday residents of an apartment complex on Richmond Avenue near San Jose City College called police to report seeing a man -- since identified as Rodriguez -- suspected of committing burglaries in the neighborhood. An initial search by officers did not find anyone, but they returned 8:30 a.m. after hearing the man was spotted inside a laundry room.
Two officers, the rookie and his training officer, entered the room with their police batons drawn and as they approached Rodriguez, he rushed at them and a fight broke out, police said. In the midst of the struggle, Rodriguez briefly got hold of an officer's Taser, causing the officer to drop his baton to secure the weapon. Police said Rodriguez let go of the Taser after being struck by the other officer's baton, and briefly grabbed the earlier dropped baton before being hit again and fleeing to an apartment unit.
Rodriguez holed up in the apartment and refused to surrender as a SWAT team shot rubber bullets into the dwelling to clear out windows and get a better view inside.
After nearly four hours, the suspect tried to leave on a bicycle and was quickly run down by Nantos, a police dog.
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