On April 22, 2017, at approximately 3:30 P.M., three Davis Police Officers working on Picnic Day were traveling on Russell Blvd in an unmarked police vehicle when the officers encountered a large group of people in the roadway who were blocking traffic. One officer was wearing police attire with visible badge and the other two were wearing plainclothes, although they had clearly displayed badges on their chests and visible police weapons. At the time, Russell Blvd was nearly gridlocked due to Picnic Day related traffic and many large parties occurring in the area. Due to the obvious safety hazards the group presented, the officers pulled near the group to take action.
Before the officers could act, the unmarked police vehicle was surrounded by a large hostile group and several subjects began to yell threats at the police officers in the car. One subject quickly moved to simulate he was pulling a gun on the officers. As the officers exited the car and began to identify themselves as the police, two officers were immediately physically attacked by multiple suspects and beaten on the ground. While on the ground, the officers were kicked, punched in the head, and one officer was struck with a bottle on the side of his head. As the officers were being assaulted they could see people in the crowd filming the attack with their cell phones.
The surrounding crowd was hostile and presented a serious threat to the officers, who were easily identifiable by their displayed badges and attire. The officers were able to fight back and call for help. Two injured officers were taken to the Sutter Davis emergency room for treatment. One suffered injuries to his eye and face and the other was treated for a bleeding head wound caused by a bottle.
The following three involved suspects were arrested and booked at the Yolo County Jail:
· Alexander Reide Craver (22 year old male from West Sacramento) – arrested for Aggravated Battery (243b Cal PC), Assaulting a Peace Officer (243c1 Cal PC), Felony Obstruction of Peace Officer (69 Cal PC), Assault with a Deadly Weapon (245 Cal PC).
· Antwoine Rashadek Perry (21 year old male from Elk Grove). – arrested for aggravated battery (Cal PC 243b), Felony Obstruction of Peace Officer (Cal PC 69).
· Elijah James Williams (19 year old male from West Sacramento) – arrested for Assault on a Peace Officer (243c1 Cal PC), Aggravated Battery (243b Cal PC), and Assault with a Deadly Weapon (245c Cal PC), Felony Obstruction of Peace Officer (Cal PC 69).
The Davis Police Department is asking anyone with cell phone video or information regarding this case to contact our investigations unit at 530–747–5400.
Lt. Paul Doroshov