UPD officer put in choke hold

Kimberly Rubio

Assistant editor

Nicholas Nelipovich, who stands more than 6 feet in height and weighs 225 pounds, is accused of grabbing a Uvalde Police Department officer by the neck and pinning him against a wooden privacy fence. The altercation allegedly occurred as officers attempted to issue Nelipovich a criminal trespass warning.

Nelipovich was arrested on charges of aggravated assault against a public servant and resisting arrest, search or transport.  Aggravated assault of a public servant is a first degree felony punishable by between five and 99 years in prison. Resisting arrest is a third-degree felony punishable by between two and 10 years in prison.

The incident occurred Sunday at approximately 9:32 p.m., when UPD Officer Ruben Sanchez and Cpl. Fred De La Cruz arrived at Nelipovich’s residence, 108 N. Bluebonnet, to issue a criminal trespass warning.

Prior to the incident, Nelipovich allegedly parked outside a Brook Street residence after previously slowly driving through the area. The affected homeowner requested a criminal trespass warning be placed on Nelipovich, whose stepchild’s father also resides at the home. The father was not present at the time.

Once officers arrived at Nelipovich’s residence they identified a 2013 Ford F-150 pickup truck matching the description given by the complainant.

Nelipovich’s wife opened the door and spoke with officers, who requested to speak with Nelipovich. The woman allegedly told the officers Nelipovich would not speak with them because he was upset.

As the officers spoke with the woman, De La Cruz said he noticed Nelipovich approaching the officers from behind wielding a pink aluminum baseball bat. Once spotted, police said Nelipovich fled toward the rear of the home and a pursuit ensued.

According to police, as Sanchez entered the back yard, Nelipovich wrapped both his hands around Sanchez’s neck and pinned him against a privacy fence.

De La Cruz ordered Nelipovich to release Sanchez but Nelipovich refused. De La Cruz deployed his Taser; as a result, Nelipovich released Sanchez but remained upright and walked away.

Sanchez then deployed his Taser, with the action bringing Nelipovich to the ground.

In addition to a minor neck injury, Sanchez sustained lacerations to his right arm and left hand. Nelipovich received a minor cut to his left hand.

Sanchez was taken by Uvalde EMS to Uvalde Memorial Hospital, where he was later released in stable condition and continued patrol duty. Nelipovich was booked into the Uvalde County Jail.

krubio@ulnnow.com, 278-3335



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