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An Artesia man was arrested Saturday on multiple charges after attempting to evade police.

At around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Artesia Police Department officers were dispatched to a residence in the 900 block of South 11th Street in reference to breaking and entering.

Upon arrival, officers learned the owner of the home had arrived after having been away since July to discover, according to the report, that his cousin was allowing people to stay in the residence.

Police made contact with the individual staying in the home, identified as Jeremy Torres, 24, of Artesia. Officers discovered Torres was wanted on an outstanding warrant, and he informed them he was going to pack his things and wait for his family to come retrieve his dog.

While police were waiting for Torres to pack, according to the criminal complaint, they noted him behaving nervously, grabbing bags and putting his hands in his pockets. When officers brought out a pair of handcuffs, intending to search Torres for weapons, he backed away, reached into his pocket, and threw something into the trash.

Police attempted to place him in handcuffs and Torres pulled away before attempting to run, shoving one officer to the floor. He was apprehended outside by another officer and taken to the ground, where he continued to resist. Officers proceeded to tase Torres in the upper shoulder, which ended the struggle.

Upon a search of his person, police discovered two plastic baggies filled with a white, crystal-like substance and glass pipes, along with a wad of cash. An examination of the bags Torres was packing inside the residence yielded another bag of a crystalline substance and other possible drug paraphernalia. Another glass pipe was found in the trash can.

Torres was subsequently arrested on charges of battery upon a peace officer, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, tampering with evidence, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. Nov. 28 for preliminary examination before Judge Daniel Reyes Jr. in Artesia Magistrate Court. Warrant charges included breaking and entering, aggravated burglary (armed after entering, forcible), criminal damage to property, and larceny from a motor vehicle (over $20,000).

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