Charges: Man Jailed on Vehicle Theft Punches Deputy, Rips Camera from Ceiling of Jail Cell

March 19, 2018 05:33 PM

This video, courtesy of MnDOT traffic cameras, is of the chase that led to Holmes's arrest.

A Brooklyn Center man jailed on charges of stealing a vehicle and leading officers on a chase in January has now been accused of assaulting a peace officer and damaging jail property.


Prosecutors in Dakota County say 23-year-old Aziz Holmes, in Dakota County jail following the Jan. 28 chase that began in Hastings and ended in St. Paul, punched a correctional officer in the face while being escorted back to his cell following a shower on March 3.

In that incident, according to a criminal complaint, a correctional officer was escorting Holmes back to his cell when Holmes turned and punched the officer three to four times in the face with a closed fist. 

RELATED: Hastings PD: Suspect Stole Vehicle, Led Authorities on High-Speed Chase in SE Metro

The officer was able to restrain Holmes, according to the complaint, but first sustained swelling and a laceration to the face which required medical treatment.

In a statement, Holmes told another officer he decided to fight a deputy because he felt he had been treated unfairly by jail staff and other inmates.

Most recently, according to a criminal complaint, Aziz admitted to ripping a camera mounted to the ceiling inside his padded jail cell and using the camera to break the glass of the windowed door. 

In an interview, Holmes said he had jumped to reach the camera and hit it several times with his right hand, causing it to loosen. He then pulled the camera from the ceiling. 

Authorities estimated the damage at more than $1,000.

Holmes had been jailed on charges he stole a pickup truck from a Hastings parking lot early in the morning of Jan. 28. He then led officers on a chase that reached speeds of 100 miles per hour through the southeast metro and ended near Highway 61 and Warner Road in St. Paul.

According to a criminal complaint, Holmes said he had just been released from jail when he went to a business across the street. He told authorities a friend arrived to give him the truck, and that he didn't know it was stolen. 

But police were called to the scene because a man had reported that he received a phone notification that his car alarm was going off, and ran out to the parking lot to find a man breaking into the driver's side window. 

RELATED: Law Enforcement Officers Train for High Speed Chases

The alleged thief, later identified as Holmes, then used a spare key in the truck to start the vehicle, the complaint says. 

On the way to St. Paul, Holmes told investigators, he saw police cars behind him with emergency lights flashing but chose not to stop because "nobody ever stops when I say stop," according to the complaint. 

Holmes faces one count of motor vehicle theft and one count of fleeing a peace officer in connection to that incident. 

For allegedly punching the jail deputy, he faces a count of fourth-degree assault.

And for allegedly ripping the camera from the ceiling of a jail cell, he faces a count of first-degree criminal damage to property. 

In all, he faces a maximum 16-year sentence and/or $31,000 in fines.


Michael Oakes

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