Police: Suspect tried to bite officer in Phoenix

Posted at 4:23 PM, Nov 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-19 00:17:26-05

Police say an officer was injured after a suspect tried to bite the officer's hand.

According to officials, the altercation happened near 19th and Peoria Avenues on Friday afternoon around 4 p.m. 

Police say their officers were taking a trespasser into custody when the individual started to resist arrest. Police say the suspect then tried to bite an officer on the hand. 

The officer was not injured but firefighters did treat the officer as a precautionary measure, however the officer was not taken to a hospital. 

Police say the suspect, later identified as 23-year-old Juan Zapien, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault on police, resisting arrest and trespassing. 

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