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Cortland officer bit as man accused of assault, robbery

CORTLAND — A man was arraigned on five charges after an early Saturday incident in which a woman said she was assaulted and robbed, and a Cortland police officer was bitten during the arrest.

Jose Delgado, 40, who gave authorities both Youngstown and Warren addresses, appeared via video arraignment Monday before Central District Judge Thomas A. Campbell on charges of felony assault, felony robbery, misdemeanor assault, resisting arrest and possession of drug-abuse instruments. Campbell set Delgado’s bond at $55,000, and he is to appear before Campbell on Wednesday for a preliminary hearing.

According to jail records, Delgado remained in custody as of Monday afternoon.

The case involved Cortland police responding to the Circle K at 3640 state Route 5 about 4 a.m. to talk to the woman victim of an assault. The woman told police she was at an apartment building, later identified as Pauni Apartments, helping a friend move furniture, when that man, whom she called Jose, attacked her and took her phone.

Officers went to the apartment complex and found Delgado sitting against a fire hydrant at the entrance along North Mecca Street. The man, who police later learned was being evicted from the apartment complex, told police he was dragged down the road and injured, but he refused treatment from paramedics, the report states.

The man told officers he was struck by the woman’s truck as she drove away because she left without finishing the move, the report states. Having his foot caught on a bar attached to the truck bed, he reached in through the driver’s side window and grabbed the woman’s hair and phone.

The woman later told police the man took her phone and keys as she was trying to call 911 after he had grabbed her hair, pulling out chunks in the process. Officers determined Delgado to be the aggressor and when they went to arrest Delgado, he resisted, the report states.

Because of the man’s repeated refusal to stop fighting, an officer deployed his Taser four times to the man’s left shoulder area. As they tried to stand the man up next to the cruiser, Delgado continued to be combative, trying to kick officers, the report states.

As he was being led into a cruiser, the man bit one of the officers on his left hand, which prompted another officer to deliver another Taser stun to the man’s stomach. The officer who was bitten was wearing gloves, the report states, and his skin was not punctured.

Officers also found a glass pipe on the ground at the man’s feet before he was placed inside the cruiser. The pipe was suspected to have fallen out of Delgado’s clothing while he was resisting, the report states.

gvogrin@tribtoday.com

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