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Transient man charged with felony assault after spitting food on Cheyenne officer

Officers had to detain the man in a wrap and spit sock.

(Photo by Stephanie Lam / Cap City News)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A 26-year-old transient man is facing a felony charge after police say he spit food into an officer’s face while resisting arrest.

Fabian Manuel Hernandez is charged with one felony, aggravated assault on a peace officer, and four misdemeanors: possession of an open container, interference with a peace officer without injury, criminal trespass and paraphernalia delivery.

Hernandez was arrested at 10:18 a.m. on the 300 block of West 17th Street, where officers were called to a report of trespassing. Arriving officers found Hernandez’s belongings scattered in the area and Hernandez was refusing to pick them up, a booking sheet states.

Officers reportedly told Hernandez to stand, and he refused. Three officers grabbed Hernandez’s arms to stand him up, and that’s when he spit saliva and food into an officer’s face, the document states. He was put face down on the ground and continued to resist arrest while officers attempted to handcuff him. Once detained, officers said Hernandez continued to be verbally combative. He was placed in a wrap and spit sock.

Police said they found a pipe with suspected methamphetamine residue as well as an open alcohol container.

Hernandez was taken to the Laramie County Detention Center and charged.