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Worthington man allegedly injures patrolman during Friday scuffle

WORTHINGTON -- A Worthington man is facing a string of criminal charges after an alleged drunken scuffle with law enforcement. Javier M. Granados, 28, was detained Friday, but not after allegedly resisting arrest and injuring a Minnesota patrolma...

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WORTHINGTON - A Worthington man is facing a string of criminal charges after an alleged drunken scuffle with law enforcement.

Javier M. Granados, 28, was detained Friday, but not after allegedly resisting arrest and injuring a Minnesota patrolman.

According to the formal criminal complaint, officers were dispatched to a Worthington residence around 11:40 p.m. March 9 for a possible burglary/assault in progress. The complainant was acquainted with Granados.  

Upon arrival, a Worthington police officer and Minnesota patrolman allegedly witnessed Granados at a door inside the garage attached to the house. The complaint details how Granados, despite police commands to show his hands, slammed a door from the garage to the outside and held it shut.

An officer was able to gain entry, but the patrolman had his hand slammed in the door. Granados allegedly grabbed onto the city officer’s uniform, so he performed knee strikes, but they proved to be ineffective due to Granados’ thick clothing.

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Other officers joined the tussle, and a taser was drawn but not used, the complaint states.

The officers reported that it took three attempts to handcuff Granados, and that he had to be forced into the back seat of a squad car.

The officers smelled what they believed to be alcohol coming from his person, the complaint concludes.

A review of his criminal complaint shows a prior assault conviction in 2009.

Granados faces charges of felony first-degree burglary; misdemeanor fourth-degree damage to property; and fourth-degree assault to a peace officer, obstruct legal process and two counts of domestic assault, all gross misdemeanors in Nobles County District Court. The felony burglary offense - the most serious - is punishable up to 20 years imprisonment, a $35,000 fine or both.

Granados’ bail was set at $10,000 with conditions and $35,000 without. His initial appearance in Nobles County District Court is scheduled on March 20.

Granados has another pending case in Cottonwood County District Court. The complaint alleges Granados shot multiple rounds of a .22-caliber pistol during an April, 2017 argument. The complaint does not detail that anyone was shot, but he has been charged with felony threats of violence, felony possession of ammo/any firearm with a crime of violence conviction and felony firearm violation.

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