APD struggles to detain unruly suspect

On April 3 before midnight, Amarillo Police officers responded to a call of a burglary in progress in the 5700 block of Coral Circle, near 58th & Georgia.

The victim reported that she heard a lout noise and looked into her sunroom where an unknown male had broken the window and entered the room. He was yelling at her and had his hands on the glass door that led into the main part of the house. The responding officers found the suspect in the back yard of the home.

According to the police department's release, the suspect did not respond to the officer's commands to stop, and tried to get over a fence into the neighbor's yard. The officer pulled him down from the fence. The man grabbed the officer's leg, pulled him to to the ground, and fought the officer's efforts to take him into custody.

The officer pepper sprayed the suspect. Backup officers arrived to assist.

After the suspect was handcuffed and placed in a patrol car, the suspect tried to escape the patrol car by slipping the handcuffs in front of his body and trying to push the window down.

The suspect was removed from the police car to be resecured. After resisting again, the suspect was tased. During the arrest, the suspect bit an officer on the forearm deeply enough that the police officer required medical attention.

Due to his behavior, officers took the suspect to the hospital to be medically cleared before he was booked into the Randall County Jail for Burglary of Habitation, Assault on a Public Servant, and Resisting Arrest. The suspect was identified as Esias Zachary Orozco, 18.