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Trolley driver attacked, suspect allegedly spits on officers

On Saturday, Feb 2, at 1:48 p.m., LBPD officers responded to 3rd Ave and S Coast Hwy for a battery that had allegedly just occurred involving a city trolley driver. 

According to police records, “The driver was slapped. The suspect left on foot southbound on the ocean side.”

 The suspect was described as having a black moustache and beard, and wearing a black hoodie pulled over his face and black pants. 

The report continued, “Be advised, the subject is a ‘spitter.’” 

Officers searched the area but did not locate the suspect initially. The suspect, Michael Granados, was later located in the Gelson’s Shopping Center at Monarch Bay Plaza. 

“While Granados was being detained, he kicked an officer in the lower leg. As Granados was being handcuffed, he postured as if he was going to spit on the officer but was unable to because the hood of his sweatshirt blocked him from doing so,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said. “As Granados was being seat belted in a police vehicle, he turned and spit on another officer.”

Granados was brought to the station, but he remained uncooperative according to Sgt Cota, and was taken directly to OC Jail. 

“He was transferred from a police unit to a jail van but he was able to spit again, which struck a jail supervisor on the forearm,” Sgt Cota said. 

According to LBPD arrest records, Michael Hector Granados, 34, Yorba Linda, was arrested for assault on a peace officer, battery, resisting an executive officer, resisting arrest, and a violation of probation 

No bail was set.

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