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News Release

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

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Officer's Injured in Encounter with Violent Suspect NR09305rh

Los Angeles: Two Los Angeles Police Officers and a suspect, 29-year-old, Raymond Clay, were injured at the conclusion of a foot chase when the suspect violently resisted arrest.

On June 18, 2009, at around 9:00 p.m., Office of Operations Officers, working the Crime Reduction and Enforcement of Warrants (CREW) Unit, saw Clay walking southbound on the west sidewalk of Figueroa Street, in the area of 40th Place.  

The Officers stopped to speak to Clay and discovered that he was on parole and probation, and in possession of marijuana.  Clay suddenly ran from the Officers.  When the Officers caught up to Clay he began fighting with the Officer’s and refusing to submit to arrest.

Officer Joseph Stevenson, and his partner, Officer Jordan Ornelas, both with two years on the Department, used baton strikes, punches, and bodily force in response to Clay’s aggressive and combative behavior.  With the assistance of a security guard who was nearby, and other responding Officers, Clay was finally taken into custody.

Officer Stevenson, Officer Ornelas and Clay were transported to local hospitals for treatment of their injuries.  The Officer’s were treated and released, and Clay was treated and released for booking.  The following day, June 19, 2009, at about 1:00 p.m. Clay was admitted to the hospital for further treatment of a back injury.

Clay was booked for Battery on a Police Officer and Violation of Parole.  He was held without bail.

LAPD Force Investigation Division is conducting the investigation