A safety guard tells KENS 5 he didn’t know Officer Dezi Rios’ historical past of street rage incidents till after he says the police officer assaulted him.
SAN ANTONIO — A person says an off-duty San Antonio Police officer struck him 20 to 25 occasions after he crashed right into a automobile and left the scene.
The person says it occurred after he adopted officer Dezi Rios, who was arrested and charged with DWI and failing to cease and supply info.
61-year-old Ara Halibian was leaving his safety guard job on Monday evening.
He says SAPD officer Dezi Rios rear-ended him and left the scene at Stahl Street and O’Connor Street—Halibian adopted him greater than two miles to the turnaround at Loop 1604 and Bulverde Street.
Halibian says after Rios crashed into the curb, he acquired out of the automotive to confront Rios.
“I acquired punched, kicked, thrown on the ground…you title it,” Halibian estimates he was hit 20 to 25 occasions.
He has a damaged nostril, fractured eye socket and a lacking tooth.
Halibian says he requested a witness to name 911, and so they stated police had been on the way in which. Police arrived 30 seconds later, and that’s when Halibian says Rios’ demeanor modifications.
“He was saying, ‘cease it, I didn’t do nothing to you, I didn’t contact you, you had been the one punching me,’” Halibian remembers.
A brand new police report says Rios initially denied any crash occurred.
Rios claims he took a gun that Halibian pointed at him—however couldn’t clarify to officers why the gun was nonetheless within the sufferer’s holster after they arrived on scene.
“The best way he got here out of his automotive, you’ll be able to inform he was consuming,” Halibian stated.
The report says Rios was suspected of being intoxicated.
KENS 5 reached out to Rios’ legal professional for remark, however we haven’t heard again.
Halibian and his legal professional Paul Garcia are ready for the justice system to run its course.
Rios is accused of shooting a man and woman exterior of All-Stars Gents’s Membership after allegedly reducing them off on Interstate 10 again in 2018. Throughout the shootout, Rios and the person he minimize off had been shot a number of occasions.
The male sufferer, Demontae Walker was paralyzed for all times. Walker’s spouse’s cousin who he was driving to the membership to use for a job was grazed within the head by a bullet.
After studying this wasn’t Rios’ first street rage incident—Halibian thinks Rios must be held accountable.
“The regulation enforcement, they need to be caring for all of the folks having private points,” Halibian stated.
Halibian’s legal professional Paul Garcia says his shopper will cooperate with investigators.
Rios is on unpaid suspension whereas the investigation is ongoing. Based on court docket data, he bonded out of jail the day after his arrest.