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AZ man accused of threatening ex, attacking officers

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Richard Joseph Garcia (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Richard Joseph Garcia (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

A Valley man has been arrested for allegedly taking his ex-girlfriend and their 3-month-old baby on a joyride against their will and then trying to tackle an officer.

According to the probable cause statement, Richard Joseph Garcia, 37, went to his ex-girlfriend's house in Mesa on Oct. 1 and asked to see their child. His ex-girlfriend said he was acting irrational and aggressive.

He took the baby away from the victim, started swearing and threatening her, according to the report.

Garcia allegedly stated he was going to kick her teeth out and "smack the smile off her face."

He got in his vehicle with the child on his lap. The child's mother jumped in the passenger seat as he drove away with the passenger door still open.

He reportedly slammed on the breaks and made sharp turns to try to get her out of the vehicle.

Neighbors heard screams and called police. When officers arrived they said Garcia became aggressive toward them. According to police, he tried tackling an officer and then when two other officers stepped in to help, Garcia began punching and kicking them.

After about five minutes in a struggle with officers, he was arrested.

Police believe Garcia was impaired at the time of the incident and have requested the bond be set at $50,000.

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