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Downtown Skateboarder Accused of Fleeing Police, Destroying Squad Cam

Maria Guadalupe Tzep-Lopez Photo: Olmsted County Adult Detention Center. Maria Guadalupe Tzep-Lopez

September 13, 2018 10:57 AM

(ABC 6 News) -- A Rochester Police Officer was patrolling on foot downtown on Wednesday morning, Sept. 12 around 8 a.m. He was patrolling as part of a pedestrian safety campaign when he said he saw a woman on a skateboard. 

The officer ordered her to stop, and she allegedly ducked under his arms and fled. 

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Later that day, around 3 p.m., the officer was patrolling on a bicycle and saw the woman again. The officer was walking his bike at the time and when he ordered the woman to stop, she allegedly tried to go around it. He used the bike to block her, and she hit it. 

The officer arrested her. According to Rochester Police Captain John Sherwin, the woman was wearing a backpack that had five packages of butane honey oil inside. 

Once she was inside the squad car, the woman allegedly slipped out of her handcuffs, pulled down a squad car camera and ripped out some wiring. Damage is estimated to be at least $1,000. 

Capt. Sherwin identified the woman as 19-year-old Maria Guadalupe Tzep-Lopez of Rochester. She's facing several charges including drug possession and felony damage to property. 

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