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Marion Police Department gives details in rowdy arrest

MARION, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – The Marion Police Department is providing more information about a warrant arrest Saturday afternoon that was caught on camera and shared nearly 2,000 times on social media.

Two officers suffered cuts during the ordeal, and the man in custody had no complaints of pain beyond minor cuts on his hands and elbows.

Around 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Marion Police say Officer Billy Cole was on patrol near the 800 block of East 26th Street when he spotted a man who was wanted on active warrants.

Officers decided to serve the warrant after they saw Julian Paegle go inside a home.

Marion Police say that Officer Cole went inside to find Paegle, while Officer Kyle Griffith stayed outside the back of the home to make sure no one could escape.

Officer Cole found Paegle trying to climb out of a bedroom window, and told him to stop.

The officer outside, Officer Griffith, took control of Paegle in the back yard.

Marion Police say that Paegle refused to be put into handcuffs and was verbally abusive, but they eventually got him into handcuffs.

Both officers were escorting him to their squad car when police say he slipped out of their grip and tried to run away.

Officers caught up to him and tackled him to the ground.

Police said that Paegle started kicking both arresting officers.

That’s when Officer Cole kicked Paegle in the back.

This appears to be the moment that was caught on camera by a witness and shared to social media.

The man behind the video, Nathan Smith, says he did not see Paegle kicking the arresting officers, and had just arrived to catch the end of the ordeal.

Police say that after being kicked, Paegle said, “Ok, I’m done,” and stopped physically resisting.

He was taken to the Grant County Jail and now faces resisting law enforcement and battery to a law enforcement officer on top of his two active warrants for escape from the department of corrections and failure to appear.

Marion Police said that their officers interviewed Paegle about why he resisted police.

Paegle reportedly told detectives that he was “fighting for his freedom.”

Sunday afternoon, the Police Department issued this press release:

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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