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E.C. police stop fleeing suspect with taser gun

May 12, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE

Staff Writer

After chasing an El Centro man on foot Saturday morning, El Centro police officers cornered him and took him down with a taser gun.

The 24-year-old El Centro man, Victor J. Vigil, had allegedly beaten his wife.

After Vigil was apprehended, officers found he had three outstanding warrants for his arrest. Vigil was booked into county jail with bail set at $25,000.

According to El Centro police Sgt. Mike Beltran, Vigil's wife called the El Centro Police Department around 3 a.m. Saturday to report that her husband had beaten her.

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When officers arrived at the couple's home, Vigil had already left. Beltran said the woman was "beat up pretty bad."

After getting a description of Vigil, officers drove around town until Officer Mario Sanabria spotted Vigil near the 1200 block of Adams Avenue.

Once he was spotted, police say Vigil bolted. While Sanabria gave chase on foot, Beltran set up near El Centro Avenue where Vigil was heading.

Just as planned, Vigil popped over a fence and ran straight toward Beltran. The sergeant shot him with a taser gun and then police took him into custody.

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