Police subdue alleged thief with Taser

May 03, 2002|By MARIO RENTERÍA

Staff Writer

El Centro police arrested an alleged coin laundry burglar Thursday morning, using a Taser gun to subdue him.

Joseph Anthony Gonzales, 24, of El Centro was arrested by police on suspicion of burglary after reportedly stealing quarters from a Laundromat on the corner of 12th Street and Euclid Avenue.

El Centro Police Lt. Tim Blankenship said police were called out to the Laundromat about 4:30 a.m. Thursday in reference to an individual prying open the front door of the Laundromat.

When police arrived at the business they found Gonzales inside reportedly attempting to break open coin boxes.

Officers ordered him to surrender but he wouldn't. Police then used a Taser gun to subdue him.

Officers then found about $5 worth of quarters in his pocket. Blankenship alleged he had already pried open some coin boxes.


Gonzales was in county jail this morning with bail set at $10,000.

Police officials reported Gonzales was not injured by the Taser gun, a non-lethal weapon used by police to control suspects.

>> Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3441.

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