Man Arrested for Punching Deputy in the Face

By R. Stickney
|  Wednesday, Sep 8, 2010  |  Updated 3:24 PM PDT
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Deputies waiting for information on a suspect in an assault were surprised to find the suspect himself.

Someone punched a San Diego County sheriff’s deputy in the face while his partner was making an arrest at the Del Mar races on Aug. 28.

Deputies released a grainy image of the crowd, asking for help identifying the man they believe threw the punch.

Deputy Matt Clay was holding back a ground of people at the track  that Saturday around 5 p.m. while his partner, Sgt. Marco Ramirez, was handling the arrest.

As the deputies walked the person under arrest to the security office, someone in a crowd of people punched Deputy Clay in the face then escaped into the crowd.

Deputy Clay, a 15-year veteran of the department, was knocked to the ground by the punch, received emergency medical treatment at the track and was transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The assault caused a significant injury to Deputy Clay’s face and will require surgery, according to a news release from the sheriff’s department.

On Tuesday, Sept. 7, while waiting outside an Orange County home to speak with a witness who may have information on the suspect, deputies were surprised to spot the suspect himself.

They arrested the man and took him to Encinitas for questioning.


 

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