OCEAN CITY – A Pennsylvania man is facing seven charges after assaulting police officers and a paramedic last Sunday.
On July 30, Ocean City police were alerted to a domestic dispute at a condominium on 33rd Street. Police interviewed Christian Obregon, 23, of Felton, Pa., who was unaware why police were called as there had been no physical or verbal altercation. Obregon had two backpacks over his shoulders during the police interview. Obregon consented to letting police search his backpack. Police located a spring assisted opening knife, which is illegal per city code.
While attempting to place him under arrest for the illegal weapon, Obregon became combative. When police attempted to handcuff the man, Obregon grabbed a police officer’s wrist in a tight fashion and cut him with his fingernails. Obregon continued to resist arrest and it took three officers to secure the handcuffs due to active verbal and physical resistance, which continued in the transport van.
Upon arrival at police headquarters, Obregon requested to be seen by Emergency Medical Services because he ingested fentanyl earlier in the evening. Another police officer was assaulted trying to restrain Obregon’s legs on a stretcher on the way to the hospital. Obregon grabbed the officer’s fingers and squeezed them enough to constitute another assault charge.
A paramedic arrived on the scene to assess Obregon, who thrashed his head toward the paramedic’s arm trying to bite her. A police reported noted the bite attempt would have been successful if the paramedic had not moved her arm. Due to the level of resistance, another officer tried to restrain Obregon, who spit on the officer’s leg and mouth. Obregon was ultimately given a sedative and admitted to Atlantic General Hospital.
Obregon faces four counts of second-degree assault for his actions against police officers and the paramedic as well as possession of a spring-assisted knife, resisting/interfering with arrest and public intoxication.