Flowers at a North Lawler Street residence didn't survive Valentine's Day this year, as the vase that held them was reportedly used in a fight that ended with a tasing, a trip to the emergency room and a felony arrest.
Rudy Garcia, 40, and a 17-year-old male relative were both transported to the emergency room by ambulance Friday evening after the alleged fight.
Police responded to 921 N. Lawler St. at 7:28 p.m., and Garcia reportedly shut the door to keep police out of the house. When they got inside, Garcia had a large amount of blood on him, and the teenage boy was bleeding from a large cut on his head, according to court documents.
While being detained, Garcia allegedly kicked one of the officers, who then tased him. He was transported to the emergency room to have taser barbs extracted and cuts on his hands treated, and the boy received several stitches in the cut on his head.
A witness reportedly told police that Garcia and the boy had gotten into a verbal argument that escalated into a physical fight when the boy came toward Garcia with a kitchen knife. Garcia, the witness said, then hit the juvenile in the head with the vase.
The boy reportedly denied trying to assault Garcia with a knife and said Garcia had hit him with the vase without provocation while they were arguing. Garcia allegedly did not give a statement to police about the incident.
Garcia is charged with child abuse, a Class 4 felony, as well as domestic simple assault, resisting arrest and obstructing police, all of which are Class 1 misdemeanors. If convicted of all charges, he could be imprisoned for up to 13 years.