A 58-year-old Temple man is behind bars after he allegedly bit a Killeen police officer’s nose while being arrested on suspicion of burglary.
Daniel Honorato Masias was charged with assault on a public servant. He is being held in Bell County Jail on $100,000 bond.
The alleged assault took place near the intersection of 38th Street and Rancier Avenue on Wednesday afternoon.
A detective in an unmarked police car had been following a vehicle believed to have been involved in a recent burglary. After spotting a broken tail light on the car, the detective called for a patrol officer in a marked police vehicle to initiate a traffic stop.
The driver, a man later identified as Masias, pulled over and gave the officer a false name. He could not produce a driver’s license or photo identification, according to an arrest affidavit.
The officer asked Masias to exit his vehicle and began to place him under arrest when Masias ran off.
After a short foot pursuit, the officer caught up with Masias. Masias pushed the officer, causing him to fall back and strike multiple parked cars before falling to the ground, the affidavit stated. Masias then approached the officer and bit him on the bridge of his nose.
Masias was only subdued after several bystanders came to the officer’s aid.
The officer was treated at Metroplex Hospital for the bite and numerous other injuries, including a fracture to his knee.
Masias has been arrested numerous times in Bell County on charges ranging from driving while intoxicated to sexual assault, according to court records. In total, he has been charged with a crime 21 times in Bell County since 1984.
Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke arraigned Masias on Friday.
Cooke also arraigned the following:
- Daniel Ezkiel Mendez, 21, on a charge of burglary of a habitation. Mendez’s bond was set at $50,000.
- Kayla Denise Still, 18, on a charge of burglary of a habitation. Still’s bond was set at $50,000.