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Sheriff’s sergeant bitten during arrest, but he got his man

Kirk Yeterian, 35, was arrested Friday night, July 6, 2018, after an altercation with Madera County Sheriff’s Sgt. Larry Rich.
Kirk Yeterian, 35, was arrested Friday night, July 6, 2018, after an altercation with Madera County Sheriff’s Sgt. Larry Rich. Madera County Sheriff’s Department

A wanted Oakhurst man did all he could to prevent his arrest Friday night, including biting a Madera County Sheriff’s sergeant.

According to a Madera County Sheriff’s Department news release, Sgt. Larry Rich attempted to take Kirk Yeterian, 35, into custody for a number of felony and misdemeanor warrants. Rich saw Yeterian, 35, on Civic Circle just off Highway 41.

Yeterian ran from Rich. When the sergeant caught up to Yeterian, the wanted man continued to resist.

The altercation between the two men resulted in Yeterian biting Rich on his left bicep. Eventually, Yeterian was arrested and booked for battery on a peace officer, resisting an executive officer, two felony warrants and four misdemeanor warrants.

Rich was treated for his injuries at a local hospital and has been cleared to return to full duty, the sheriff’s office said.

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