Man assaulted one day, arrested the next
Police in Orange responded to two incidents within two days involving the same man, one in which he was the reported victim and another that resulted in his arrest.
According to reports from OPD, officers were dispatched to Kroger at 1600 16th St. in Orange at about 11:15 a.m. on April 26 in reference to an assault. Officer Marcus Bernard reports that upon arrival at the scene, he observed a male victim on the ground. The man was 28-year-old Demarcus Waggoner. Waggoner had obvious injuries to his face, Officer Bernard reports, and was transported to Baptist Hospital for treatment. Police took photos and statements, and the victim said he did wish to pursue charges if the assailant or assailants were discovered.
The following evening, April 27, at approximately 9:45 p.m. Officer Dylan Mulhollan and Officer Michael Roush were dispatched to the 2400 block of North 16th Street in Orange in reference to a female caller who advised that there were two unknown men occupying a white vehicle in her driveway.
Officer Mulhollan reports that he and Officer Roush arrived at the residence about three minutes later and observed the white car parked in the driveway with two men inside the vehicle. As the officer passed in the patrol vehicle, one of the men, wearing a white shirt and dark colored pants, exited the vehicle and began walking away southbound. Mulhollan reportedly parked the patrol vehicle and attempted to speak to the subject, telling him to stop walking away. According to Mulhollan, the man then shouted, "I didn't do anything wrong!" Again, the officer asked the subject to stop walking, but the man refused. After ignoring the officers' commands, the man reportedly began to run. Mulhollan pursued the man on foot while Roush got into the patrol vehicle and cut him off at Alden Street and West Lutcher Avenue in Orange, where Mulhollan was able to apprehend him. police report. The man identified himself as 28-year-old Demarcus Waggoner of Orange, the same man who had allegedly been assaulted the day before. When asked by officer why he fled, Waggoner said he was scared. He was arrested for evading arrest/detention.
The female caller from the 16th Street residence who called police to report the men outside her home advised police that the men took nothing and did not try to enter her home. She called because she was frightened, and thanked the officers for assisting her, OPD reports.