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Latino Daily News

Tuesday July 24, 2012

LATINO BLOTTER: Fingerprint Scanner Keeps Failing, Annoyed Inmate Punches Officer

LATINO BLOTTER: Fingerprint Scanner Keeps Failing, Annoyed Inmate Punches Officer

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At some point everyone has to experience the frustration of something like a printer, fax machine, or scanner not working, but when a fingerprint scanner at an Arizona police station malfunctioned, one alleged criminal took his frustration out on the an officer.

On July 14, 35-year-old Salmineo Romero was arrest by a Casa Grande police officer for misdemeanor warrants.

While at the station, the officer booking Romero ran into trouble with the fingerprint scanner and had to restart the process a number of times.

After awhile, Romero reportedly “had enough” and actually swung at the officer, hitting him in the nose.

Two officers were able to subdue Romero with help of a stun gun and the inmate, who had been brought in on misdemeanor warrants, is now facing a much more serious charge of aggravated assault on an officer.

He is currently being held at Arizona’s Pinal county Jail.

ABC 15 has exclusive footage of the annoyance-turned-assault.