Pedro Ayuyu arrested for assaulting a police officer

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PEDRO Ayuyu has been arrested again, this time for assaulting a police officer.

Ayuyu was previously arrested for disturbing the peace at the governor’s office. He was later released to a third-party custodian, his brother.

In his latest case, police said he assaulted an officer on Sept. 30 by punching him in the stomach.

Prior to this incident, a detective saw Ayuyu, shirtless,  seated on the driver’s side of a parked white sedan, throwing out two empty beer cans.

The detective instructed the police officer not to allow Ayuyu to drive the vehicle because the defendant appeared to be under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

The detective said he would look for Ayuyu’s third-party custodian.

The police officer, for his part, asked Ayuyu if he had a family member who could drive him home.

Ayuyu replied in an aggressive manner and said that he did not need anyone to drive for him. He then cussed at the officer who told Ayuyu to calm down.

Ayuyu replied, “Don’t tell me what to do!”

The officer said he tried to move away from Ayuyu,  but he noticed that the defendant  reached out for the car key and placed it in the ignition.

The officer asked Ayuyu to turn his car off. He told the defendant that he was not under arrest and could leave anytime, but he could not  operate his vehicle.

He said Ayuyu replied with profanities and added, “I am not leaving my car here!”

Then Ayuyu aggressively opened his driver’s door and tried to use the door to hit the officer.

Ayuyu, also pushed the officer three times and punched him in the stomach.

That was when the officer used his department-issued pepper spray mace on Ayuyu and placed him under arrest.

Ayuyu was charged with assault and battery.

At the bail hearing on Thursday, Assistant Public Defender Vena Seelam asked the court to release the defendant to his third-party custodian but Superior Court Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo disagreed and remanded the defendant to the Department of Corrections.

Judge Govendo also maintained the $10,000 cash bail and ordered Ayuyu to return to court on Oct. 8 at 1:30 p.m. for a preliminary hearing and on Oct. 19 at 9 a.m. for arraignment.

The government was represented by Assistant Attorney General Heather Barcinas who noted that the third-party custodian is not suitable for Ayuyu as he allowed the defendant to leave their home.

She said she will file a motion to disqualify Ayuyu’s brother as third-party custodian.

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