Man arrested for allegedly biting, pinching, trying to take officer’s gun

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police arrested a man after he allegedly bit one officer, pinched another and made her bleed and reached for another officer’s gun three times on Friday.

The man is identified as Gilbert Sosa, 27.

Just before noon officers responded to a call about a man throwing trash cans at vehicles driving on Cesar Chavez. The caller said she almost crashed trying to avoid it and described the suspect.

While en route to the scene, officers saw a City of Austin trash can in the middle of the street near the 1200 block of East Cesar Chavez. The address is just east of I-35 near Sanchez Elementary School.

While one officer was removing that trash can, the other officer saw two other trash cans down the road near the 1500 block of East Cesar Chavez. That’s when another caller flagged the officers down and told them he saw a man kick the glass door of a business he was working at. 

Officers found the suspect and told him to put his hands on the hood of their patrol car because he was cursing at them. Officers were able to put him in handcuffs but as they searched Sosa, he tried to pull away from them and was muttering to officers. At this point, court documents say officers thought he was under the influence of some kind of narcotic.

While officers were trying to identify him, Sosa tried shoving an officer into oncoming traffic so officers pushed him into a grassy area and straddled him on the ground. While on the way to the ground, Sosa bit one of the officer’s on the arm, pinched another officer and made her bleed and tried to reach for another officers gun. 

Sosa is charged with two counts of assaulting a peace officer, resisting arrest and failure to identify. 

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