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DA seeks felony charges against man accused of attacking officer

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From page A4 | April 03, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — A prosecution motion to amend the criminal complaint against a 22-year-old man accused of attacking a Fairfield police officer in Lee Bell Park, and add three felonies to the charges, goes Thursday before Solano County Superior Court Judge Alesia Jones.

Three misdemeanor charges were filed March 6 against Blake Brandon Cooper after the March 4 incident at the park that injured Officer Steve Garcia.

John Daughtery, chief deputy district attorney, said last week the District Attorney’s Office was reviewing the case and on Tuesday the prosecution filed a motion to amend the complaint. The added charges sought by the prosecution include felony battery with an injury to a police officer, and resisting arrest resulting in an injury to an officer.

Daughtery had said the office was investigating the nature and extent of the injury to the police officer.

“Any time a police officer is injured in the line duty, it’s a huge matter to us,” Daughtery had said.

Amendments to criminal charges, he said, are also made in other cases not involving an officer when prosecutors learn injuries to a person are more severe than first believed.

Fairfield Police Chief Walt Tibbet had said the March 4 incident at Lee Bell Park that left Officer Garcia injured is more than a misdemeanor battery.

“There is no doubt,” he said. “That really deserves a felony charge.”

Fairfield City Councilman John Mraz, who served in the Fairfield Police Department from 1965-86, had said it will be several months before Garcia can return to duty and that Cooper should be charged with a felony and, if convicted, sent to prison.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or rmccarthy@dailyrepublic.net.

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  • my2centsApril 03, 2014 - 6:30 am

    Why no coverage about Fairfield city attorney going to trial in Federal court in discrimination law suit over unwarranted "citizens arrests" of innocent African American youths at IN-N-OUT in Fairfield in 2009!?!! Way to waste my tax dollars Stepanicich! You should have spent the money settling the cases like IN-N-OUT did. Glad I read about this in the Sac Bee. Love their fries but I Won't EVER eat at FF IN-N-OUT again!

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  • BadCopApril 03, 2014 - 9:01 pm

    This is Don duBain's way of saying "please guys, endorse me. I need the FFPD's endorsements". If he wasn't desperate for votes, this would still be a misdemeanor. Garcia's a jerk and I'm sure got what he deserved. Knowing Garcia, this should not only be a misdo, but the suspect will probably get acquitted. Pitchess motion. Need I say more

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  • BlakeApril 15, 2014 - 6:10 pm

    Yes because this is Blake Cooper and that's how they are going and if you looked far enough into my past I'd find dirty but it's about what happened there and Garcia must've been having a bad day he started with the banter of don't mess with me I no one to mess with ok sir I'm still innocent you can test be and I'm mentally ill I don't like confrontation should be enough for them to take it easy but they didn't he knew the camera couldn't see me when he let the.dog out and he let the dog chew on me for more then ten seconds along with tazing me for just as long or longer my mental illness is a nonviolent one and is triggered by violence if Garcia would've heard me out on that his attitude should've changed but he continued to be overly aggressive

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