Juan Gomez, 20, and Jamaral Lee, 35, appeared in court Wednesday afternoon for the first time. Both men have been charged with assault and battery of a police officer stemming from an incident Monday along Bruceville Road.
However, investigators say the men had different roles in the assault.
Police investigators say Gomez lured a white, male officer out of his vehicle by falsely reporting that there was a man with a gun nearby the 6600 block of Bruceville Road.
When the officer got out, police say Gomez struck him multiple times in the face and tried to take his gun.
Lee took no part in the physical attack, but recorded video with his cell phone, which is not a crime. However, encouraging an assault is a crime. According to investigators,
the officer asked Lee for help several times but he refused.
In a jailhouse interview with FOX40 Wednesday evening, Lee says he has never met Gomez.
“My girlfriend and I were walking from Kaiser and we saw a fight. I got out my phone and recorded like an 8 second video … I don’t see why I’m in jail for that, I can do that…” he told FOX40, adding that he did not encourage the fight, but instead shouted to Gomez, “You can fight, but don’t grab the officer’s gun!”
Investigators do not believe the assault was racially motivated. Both are scheduled to be back in court for a bail hearing next week.