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Newport News man charged for assaulting police while holding child

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Posted at 2:08 PM, Oct 05, 2012
and last updated 2012-10-06 01:14:40-04

A 24-year-old Newport News man is now behind bars after police say he became violent as they were serving warrants.

About 5:30 p.m. on October 3, 2012, a police officer on patrol in the 800 block of 36th Street saw a man that he knew had outstanding warrants on file.

The suspect was holding a 2-month-old child and went into a home. As officers were confirming the warrants, the suspect came out of the residence onto the porch and was still holding the child. As the officers told the suspect that he was wanted, he attempted to run back into the home. As the officers attempted to take the suspect into custody, he physically resisted, still holding the child.

In an effort to prevent the child from being injured, an officer attempted to take the child from the suspect. The suspect continued to resist and continued to hold onto the child until a friend took the child. The suspect struck an officer in the chest area during the struggle. The suspect also kicked an officer in the legs numerous times.

With the assistance of other officers, the suspect was taken into custody and charged with two counts of felony assault on a law enforcement officer and one count each of misdemeanor obstruction of justice, misdemeanor resisting arrest, and felony child neglect.

Additional warrants for misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor destruction of property on file were also served.

Justin Broddie Gibbs, age 24, of the 800 block of 36th Street in Newport News, was placed in the custody of the Newport News City Jail.

Watch NewsChannel 3 First at Four for updates.