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Man accused of assaulting police at Trump’s Fresno visit arrested

Fresno police say these images, taken during protests outside the Donald Trump rally at Selland Arena, show suspect Rigoberto Vera (in white shirt) assaulting an officer.
Fresno police say these images, taken during protests outside the Donald Trump rally at Selland Arena, show suspect Rigoberto Vera (in white shirt) assaulting an officer. Fresno Police Department

Police have arrested a man who allegedly assaulted officers Friday during the Selland Arena appearance of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Rigoberto Vera, 24, was taken into custody Monday near East Liberty and South Orange avenues after officers reviewed hours of video and audio footage of protests that took place during Trump’s Fresno visit.

Vera was booked on suspicion of assaulting an officer and attempting to disarm an officer. A police spokesman said Vera apologized for the assault after he was taken into custody without incident.

Police said Vera is a documented East Side Bulldog gang member.

Videos of the protests were posted on social media and taken by news outlets and police body cameras.

The spokesman said Vera taunted officers, shouted obscenities and challenged them to a confrontation. Vera also attempted twice to take an officer’s baton while officers were ordering protesters to leave the arena area, the spokesman said.

Vera reportedly fled into the crowd but was not pursued because officers were protecting the Trump motorcade.

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