Daniel Ricardo Pena, 24, Texas, is charged in Waupaca County Circuit Court with two counts of battery to an officer, resisting an officer, obstructing an officer, disorderly conduct, possession of marijuana, delivery of marijuana and possession of an illegally obtained prescription drug.
At 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 6, New London police received an anonymous call that tenants in one of the rooms at America’s Best Value Inn were smoking pot.
Sgt. Casey Fields and Officer Chase Schroeder went to the hotel. They reported smelling the aroma of burnt marijuana outside the room.
Nobody answered when Fields knocked on the door, although he could hear people milling around inside the room. Fields knocked again and a man, who identified himself as Julio Cesar Majarro, opened the door. Police later learned that this man was actually Pena.
According to the criminal complaint, Pena attempted to shut the door, but Fields pushed it open. He then escorted Pena out of the room and handed him off to Schroeder before returning into the room.
Pena then took off running down the hallway, the complaint says. Schroeder pursued, grabbing Pena by the shirt.
Pena reportedly began swinging his fists at Schroeder. Fields came to assist and all three men fell to the floor.
During the struggle, Schroeder banged his head on a metal door frame and Pena hit Fields on the head, the complaint says.
The person renting the room gave the officers permission to search it. Police reported finding marijuana, prescription pills and $12,000 in cash in the microwave.
Police said Pena continued claiming he was Majarro. However, Texas authorities identified him as Pena based on a scan of his fingerprints.