A man cracked a Columbus police officer’s ribs Friday afternoon while being arrested on a criminal trespassing charge, according to testimony Wednesday in Recorder’s Court.
Brian Keith Long, 31, pleaded not guilty to obstruction and criminal trespassing. He was ordered held in the Muscogee County Jail under bonds totaling $7,750.
Judge Julius Hunter bound the case over to Superior Court. He also ordered Long to stay away from the victim’s home.
Columbus police Sgt. Brittany Hayes was called to Hickory Avenue around 2:32 p.m. Friday to investigate criminal trespassing incident.
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Long was on the property and the homeowner had locked herself in her home. Police said she was afraid of Long, who was court ordered to stay off the property after a June 22 trespassing incident.
Officer Mike Aguilar said Hayes tried to apprehend Long on the scene Friday afternoon and he resisted arrest. A witness tried to assist Hayes, and Long choked him, according to police.
“I arrived on the scene shortly later and was able to get Mr. Brian to the ground,” Aguilar testified. “When he went to the ground, his right shoulder went into my ribs, which immediately caused pain to my ribs on the right side.”
After a brief struggle, he was apprehended.
Hayes, whose hand was swollen and red, was treated at Occupational Medicine of Columbus and released. Aguilar said he was treated at an urgent care center where he learned that his ribs were fractured.
Aguilar said there is body camera footage of the incident, but the camera fell off during the struggle.
“I’m not sure how much of it was on camera,” Aguilar told the court.