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Case charging attack on Oakwood police chief moves forward
Man accused of aggravated assault on a police officer March 3
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David Amilcar Lopez

The case involving the Oakwood Police chief and two officers allegedly assaulted by an Oakwood man moved on to Superior Court on Friday.

David Amilcar Lopez, Jr., 25, appeared in Magistrate Court Friday to answer to a charge of aggravated assault on a peace officer allegedly occurring March 3.

Oakwood Police responded to a domestic disturbance around 4 p.m. March 3 in the 4000 block of Prestwick Drive, where two people were arguing about money, Officer Jason Crowder said.

“At some point, Mr. David Lopez picked up a paint can and began hitting (a vehicle), eventually shattering the back two windows,” Crowder said.

Crowder said officers also observed the back door was kicked in and saw other damage to the house, but he couldn’t determine when the damage took place.

Defense attorney Troy Millikan asked for testimony to be disregarded if he didn’t know the exact date.

Lopez allegedly left the scene in the white van with the broken windows, Crowder said.

Crowder heard over the radio that Chief Randall Moon “was behind the vehicle, a white van, after David Lopez almost ran him off the road,” he testified.

“He swerved aggressively toward my patrol vehicle, almost striking my vehicle,” Crowder said. “I had to swerve to miss him.”

Lopez then allegedly exited his vehicle and approached another officer, who drew his gun, Crowder said.

Moon and Crowder attempted to apprehend Lopez while he focused on the third armed officer, according to authorities

“During the whole time, David Lopez is fighting all three of us,” Crowder said.

Millikan focused his cross-examination on Crowder to show that none of the officers were hurt during the alleged aggravated assault on peace officer. Crowder testified that Lopez attempted to hit them either in person or with his vehicle.

Millikan also questioned whether there was any videographic evidence of the alleged auto assaults, but Crowder said the department doesn’t use video equipment in their vehicles.

The defense attorney argued for a dropping of the less serious charges of criminal damage to property, criminal trespass and fleeing/eluding.

Magistrate Court Judge Margaret Gregory said the charges met the standard for probable cause and moved the case to Superior Court.

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