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Rochester man allegedly assaulted court deputies

November 20, 2018

A Rochester man who allegedly punched a police officer during the man’s arrest last week reportedly assaulted two court deputies during his first court appearance on Thursday.

Joseph Rodriquez, 45, may face a charge of assault against a correctional employee, according to Olmsted County Sheriff’s Capt. Scott Behrns. The Rochester Police Department and the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center have the spelling of Rodriquez’s last name as Rodriguez.

Rodriquez was arrested Tuesday on an apprehension order by the Rochester Police Department. On Thursday morning, he appeared in Olmsted County District Court. Toward the end of his appearance, Rodriquez allegedly became argumentative. As he was being escorted out of the courtroom he reportedly said something to the judge, according to Behrns.

Once out of the courtroom, Rodriquez allegedly started fighting with court deputies. He was subsequently tased and taken to the ground, Behrns said. During the altercation, Rodriquez struck a 33-year-old detention deputy in the nose and a 40-year-old detention deputy suffered a thumb injury, Behrns said.

Neither deputy sought medical treatment.

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