LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Authorities said a man accused of attacking two police officers who were investigating a stolen car case was charged Thursday with assault.
The incident happened near USC on Tuesday, according to the LA County District Attorney’s office.READ MORE: Trio Of 55-Gallon Drums Found Leaking Motor Oil In Redlands Citrus Grove
Oscar Ovidio Diaz, who turned 30 last week, was charged with two counts of assault on a peace officer and one count of driving or taking a vehicle without consent after a prior conviction.
The DA said two LAPD officer made contact with Diaz near Magnolia Avenue and 27th Street after finding that the vehicle he was driving had reportedly been stolen. Diaz got out of the car and officers said he was combative and didn’t comply.READ MORE: LA Facing $550M Revenue Shortfall On Sharp Declines In Transient, Parking Occupancy Taxes
Diaz allegedly had a knife and cut both officers as they tried to subdue him. During the fight, one of the officers shot and wounded Diaz.
The criminal complaint alleges Diaz has prior convictions for burglary and driving or taking a vehicle without consent.
Prosecutors are recommending bail be set at $170,000. Arraignment is expected at a later date.MORE NEWS: Irv Cross, Former Rams Player And Broadcast Pioneer, Dies At 81
If convicted on all charges, Diaz faces a maximum sentence of more than 12 years in state prison.