Portage Township man charged with striking police officer

2013-02-11T20:00:00Z 2013-02-11T20:34:11Z Portage Township man charged with striking police officerTimes Staff nwitimes.com
February 11, 2013 8:00 pm  • 

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP | A Portage Township man was arrested Saturday after punching an officer in the face at the man's home, police said.

Victor Ramirez, 39, was charged with battery, resisting law enforcement and disorderly conduct, police said.

Police were called to the home in the 600 block of Osage Road about 5:50 a.m. Saturday to investigate a disturbance.

Police said Ramirez initially wouldn't let officers in the home, then relented. When officers entered, Ramirez had his hands up and was yelling, "Obama, I love Obama," according to police.

Police approached Ramirez to keep him from backing down a hallway and entering another room. He kept his hands up until an officer was within arm's length.

That's when Ramirez punched the officer in the face, police said.

A second officer tried shocking Ramirez with a Taser, but the device had no affect on him, police said.

Officers then wrestled Ramirez to the ground, where Ramirez continued to try to punch and elbow officers, police said.

After a second Taser strike, which had no affect, Ramirez tried punching officers until one of the cops punched him in the head several times, police said.

After getting handcuffs on Ramirez, two officers held him until other cops arrived to assist them. EMS workers gave Ramirez a sedative and took him to Porter Regional Hospital, police said.

A woman who lives with Ramirez said he lost his job as a truck driver three days prior and had been acting strangely since that time, police said. She said he had been talking to imaginary people and to the television, according to police.

Ramirez was medically and psychologically cleared by doctors and was taken to Porter County Jail later that day, police said.

The officer suffered a swollen lip, cut to his forehead and bruised eye.

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