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Wanted Chicago Man Found in Rochester, Allegedly Fights with Officers During Arrest

October 22, 2018 07:08 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Around 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 20, the Rochester Police Department got a call from a concerned citizen about 25-year-old Anthony Harris. 

Harris had been under GPS monitoring in Chicago and allegedly cut off his ankle bracelet and fled from Chicago. There was an active warrant for his arrest out of Cook County, Ill. 

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Rochester police had gotten information that Harris was staying on the 1000 block of 3 Ave SE in Rochester. After pulling up his warrant, Rochester Police Captain John Sherwin said Harris had several "warning signs" listed including alleged involvement in a previous homicide, a history of aggravated assault, and was considered "armed and dangerous." 

Around 3 p.m. on Saturday, officers were doing surveillance and saw Harris in a car about to back out of a driveway on 3 Ave. Officers approached the vehicle and ordered everyone to put their hands up. There was a woman and two juveniles in the vehicle along with Harris. The woman and juveniles complied with officers' demands, Harris allegedly did not. 

An officer then opened the car door to pull Harris out, and then Harris allegedly started a fight with officers. The struggle went on for "several minutes" according to Rochester Police Captain John Sherwin. At one point, an officer ended up on his back. 

Another officer eventually used a tazer on Harris and he was arrested. Two officers had minor injuries including bruises, cuts and one officer had some fingernails ripped off. Harris told officers he couldn't breathe, so they called him an ambulance. After being medically cleared, Harris was brought to the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center. 

Harris is facing two counts of 4th-degree assault, a gross misdemeanor charge of obstruction of justice with force and will eventually be extradited back to Illinois. 

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