Westminster man charged with assault of police officer

A Westminster man was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly struck a police officer with a closed fist, police said.

Christopher Jordan Ibex, 19, of the 200 block of S. Clear Ridge Road, was charged with five counts including second-degree assault of a police officer and resisting arrest. He was released Thursday on $6,000 bail, according to electronic court records.

According to the statement of probable cause, Westminster police responded to the unit block of W. Main Street on Wednesday just before 7 p.m.

Two men identified as Ibex and Nathaniel Eckard were yelling profanities and causing a disturbance, according to the statement.

When they did not respond to multiple police arrests to stop, police placed Eckard under arrest. He was charged with disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest and subsequently released on $2,000 bail, according to electronic court records.

Ibex, who is white, yelled, “It’s because he’s black,” regarding Eckard’s arrest. Another officer went to place Ibex under arrest also, and Ibex “tensed up” and resisted putting his hands behind his back, according to the statement.

He told police to get off him repeatedly, before swinging out and punching an officer in the chest, according to the statement.

Police took him to the ground and eventually placed him under arrest, according to the statement.

A call for comment to the number listed for Ibex reached voicemail, but the inbox was full and a message could not be left. A court date is scheduled for Nov. 16.

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