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updated: 5/1/2013 7:41 PM

Prospect Heights man accused of trying to disarm officer

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Authorities say a 22-year-old Prospect Heights man pushed a police officer, tried to grab his gun and then bit him in the hand as the officer tried to place the man under arrest early Tuesday in the 800 block of East Old Willow Road.

Kenny Cruz was ordered held on $50,000 bond on felony charges of attempting to disarm a police officer and misdemeanor charges of criminal damage to property and resisting arrest.

Police reported they received a call to investigate an individual about 1:25 a.m. and encountered Cruz, who matched the description and who told the officers he had consumed eight or nine beers and was walking home, said Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Moe Ahmad.

A short time later, police received a report of criminal damage to a vehicle. They again encountered Cruz, who was identified by a witness as the person responsible, Ahmad said.

As an officer attempted to place Cruz under arrest, Cruz pushed the officer in the chest and attempted to grab his holstered gun, Ahmad said. A scuffle ensued during which Cruz bit the officer's hand, Ahmad said.

Cruz, who has no criminal background, was treated for minor injuries to his lip, Ahmad said.

If convicted of the most serious charge, he could face three to seven years in prison. Probation is also available. Cruz next is scheduled to appear in court on May 22.

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