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story.lead_photo.caption Remberto Rivera

FAYETTEVILLE -- A Springdale man was arrested Saturday for resisting arrest, battery on a law enforcement officer and aggravated assault after officers tried to question him about suspected drug activity.

According to a Fayetteville police report, Remberto Rivera, 29, of 660 Onyx Ave. in Springdale was arrested at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in connection with aggravated assault, battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, being a felon in possession of firearms, possession of drug paraphernalia (methamphetamine), and criminal mischief.

Rivera was being held Monday in the Washington County Detention Center on $2,500 bond.

According to the report, officers were on patrol in the area of Persimmon Street and Double Springs Road when they saw a black Nissan Altima leaving an area known for drug use and selling of drugs. The officers followed the vehicle until it stopped in the area of 521 N. Monroe Station and a man and woman got out of the car and began walking to a residence.

The pair walked past the police vehicle and then began walking back to their car. The officers spoke to Rivera and he told them he and the woman were visiting someone and had come from Wedington Drive.

The officers had both the man and woman checked for criminal records and learned both were on parole with valid search waivers. The officers searched both of them and found nothing and then went to search the Nissan.

According to the report, Rivera refused to consent to a search and when he was told there was a valid search waiver in effect for him he became nervous and the officers thought he might flee. When the officers tried to place handcuffs on Rivera so he could be placed in their patrol car, he resisted, attempting to take one officer's handgun and stun device and yelling for the officers to kill him.

After Rivera was handcuffed and placed in the patrol car, the officers searched the Nissan and found a loaded 9mm handgun, with a round in the chamber underneath the driver's seat, wrapped in a T-shirt. In a safe in the trunk, the officers found a .45-caliber handgun and 67 rounds of ammunition, digital scales with methamphetamine residue, and some plastic bags with methamphetamine residue.

The officers also found an Army ballistic plate-carrier vest with two ballistic plates in it.

NW News on 05/19/2020

Print Headline: Springdale man arrested for assault, battery, drug and weapon possession

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