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Transient Arrested After Biting, Striking Officer

A 42-year-old man was booked into Santa Rita Jail after attacking a Livermore officer.

McGruff he was not. But a transient did his best to take a bite out of crime.

Miguel Villanueva was arrested Monday night after cutting off an officer with his bicycle and later biting him while trying to resist arrest, police said.

Villanueva, 42, was booked into Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernelia, being under the influence of drugs, battery on an officer and citizen, and resisting and delaying an officer, Sgt. Kevin Santin said.

The incident was reported shortly after 10:45 p.m. near the 200 block of Western Avenue, near Lambaren and Olivina avenues, when Villanueva darted in front of a police patrol car while riding a bicycle.

"The officer had to hit his brakes and swerve to avoid hitting (Villanueva)," Santin said.

The officer then attempted to stop Villanueva to give him a warning about a bicycle violation — the transient did not have any lights or was not wearing any reflectors.

Villanueva then got off the bicycle and took off running, triggering a short pursuit, Santin said.

A nearby resident saw what was going on and attempted to stop Villanueva.

The resident, a 44-year-old man, was punched in the face by Villanueva. The officer then tackled the transient to the ground, where fighting continued.

Villanueva struck the officer and bit him in the hand before he was detained, Santin said.

The resident who helped the officer suffered minor injuries. The officer also suffered minor injuries during the scuffle.

Villanueva was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released prior to being booked into jail.

Monday's incident is the latest report of a Livermore officer being attacked this month.

  • On Feb. 10, an . A for information leading to the arrest of the suspects.
  • On Feb. 18, an officer responding to a disturbance at a house party . He suffered a broken leg in the incident.
JD March 06, 2012 at 11:46 PM
I've almost hit this guy with my vehicle on numerous occasions; I feel like he haunting me or something. I'm glad if finally happened to a cop so this guy was arrested but I'm sure he will be back. I'm sorry the cop and the resident we harmed but better them than him running over a young child or something with his bike, I think the guy has a death sentence. He rides down the middle of Airway on the wrong side of the street or down the middle. I'm tired too of all the filth and people panhandling. I agree with Sandy lets put an end to all this non sense.
Local March 07, 2012 at 05:47 AM
Livermore is going to hell in a handbag!! I've lived here 25 years and every year it gets more crowded with hoodlums, bums and gang-banging losers. It used to be a really safe town!! I don't feel safe at night anymore. I feel like I should carry a damn gun around with me! I love this city, but moving away is becoming more and more tempting every year. But then again, look at Oakland, Tracy, Stockton, Manteca, Modesto, etc..... Livermore is a hell of a lot better...but not for long!!
Joe Granada March 07, 2012 at 06:49 PM
If this is who I think it is, then he's back out on the street. Saw him riding his bike through the crosswalk at the intersection of Stanley and Murrieta yesterday, forcing a pedestrian to jump out of the crosswalk to keep from getting run over.
Concerned resident March 12, 2012 at 11:47 PM
I have never left a comment on any website in my life, until now. I love living in Livermore, I work downtown and used to love spending weekend time downtown. However, as of about 2 years ago the transient/homeless/mentally disturbed individuals have become such a problem we often avoid downtown. Even walking with my husband there are times I feel unsafe. It is unfortunate this problem isn't being addressed immediately. Our City council shouldn't be talking about 2,000 seat theaters, BART, etc. until we clean up our city. Just the other day I wanted to sit in the sun on the park bench next to Peet's coffee and I felt unsafe doing so because there were so many of these individuals hanging out in that area. It's really too bad, that our own residents are uncomfortable/afraid to be downtown.
Michael D. Brown July 08, 2012 at 08:53 PM
So who is them? right thereis the problem, your lumping all the homeless together, I know you have never seen me doing drugs or making messes, some services would be great, in fact the Open heart Kitchen does an amazing job of providing hot showers and meals, but they can only do what they can, there are a lot of people just trying to make it day to day and it bothers me that your lumping us all together, a lot of the younger people that hang around Carnegie Park are not homeless believe it or not, most of the one's who are usually stick to themselves and try to avoid trouble.

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