Man charged with assaulting officer while resisting arrest

A 27-year-old Minot man is accused of assaulting an officer while resisting arrest on Thursday.

Tyron Rabauliman Saralu is charged with simple assault on a peace officer and resisting arrest, both Class C felonies, and refusing to halt, a Class B misdemeanor. He was scheduled to make an initial appearance on the charges on Friday in district court in Minot.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court, Saralu was a passenger in a vehicle stopped by Matthew Pappenfus of the Minot Police Department. Pappenfus placed Saralu under arrest after he determined that Saralu had open warrants through the City of Minot. Pappenfuss wrote that Saralu ran away on foot and struggled with him physically in the parking lot of the Lamplighter Lounge. Pappenfus wrote that he had to deploy his taser twice in an effort to subdue Saralu. Saralu was eventually stopped for the final time after he ran to the intersection of Second Avenue and 16th Street SW. Pappenfus tackled him on the south sidewalk and the two were struggling. Another officer arrived, helped pull Saralu off Pappenfus and handcuffed Saralu.

Saralu could face a maximum of more than 10 years in prison if convicted of both the felony charges.

– Andrea Johnson

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