An MS-13 gang member in the country illegally has been arrested for assaulting a police officer in an unprovoked attack.
According to the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, 18-year-old illegal immigrant Jose Misael Reyes-Reyes was arrested Thursday after he approached and punched Deputy First Class Greg Morton — who at the time was seated in a marked police vehicle.
The sheriff’s office press release provides details:
At approximately 9:30 a.m., Deputy First Class Greg Morton was on scene investigating a minor traffic accident involving a Frederick County Government vehicle in the 1400 block of Key Parkway in Frederick. While in his marked police vehicle completing the accident report, Reyes-Reyes started banging on the back driver’s side window. When Dfc. Morton turned to look in the direction of the disturbance, Reyes-Reyes reached through the front driver’s side window, which was half way down, and struck Dfc. Morton in the face and neck with his fist. Dfc. Morton pushed Reyes-Reyes away from his vehicle with the vehicle door, and verbally commanded him to get on the ground, while pointing his Taser at him. Dfc. Morton placed Reyes-Reyes under arrest in handcuffs, but when Reyes-Reyes was stood up he began kicking Dfc. Morton in an attempt to get away. Dfc. Morton regained control of Reyes-Reyes and waited on the arrival of assisting deputies and Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
Reyes-Reyes was charged with second-degree assault on a police officer, two counts of second-degree assault, and resisting arrest. Other charges included disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, obstructing and hindering, rogue and vagabond, and two counts of disorderly intoxication.
According to the sheriff’s office, prior arrests have revealed that Reyes-Reyes is a member of the notorious MS-13 gang, in the country illegally, and has been arrested at least two other times — once in June for malicious destruction of property and one in May on a weapons charge.
He had been released on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement bond to await a deportation hearing.
Sheriff Chuck Jenkins stated expressed concern following the arrest about the unprovoked nature of the attack.
“I am very concerned with what is going on across the country with law enforcement being targeted,” he said in a statement. “The current climate is placing a great amount of stress on law enforcement officers in the performance of their duties. This could have been a more serious situation and it should be noted that Dfc. Morton demonstrated great restraint in his reaction to the attack by Reyes-Reyes.”