Man Arrested for Attempted Stabbing of his Father, Stabbing an Officer
PITTSBURG — A man arrested with a knife in his possession is accused of trying to stab his father, and of later stabbing a police officer. Both the suspect and officer required medical treatment.
On February 25th, several officers responded to a domestic dispute at a residence located on Warren Way. Allegedly, a son tried to stab his father through a screen door at their family home.
Two blocks away, officers located 33-year-old Mark S. Mora, with the knife that authorities believe he used. Mora was arrested near the intersection of West 17th Street and Mildred Avenue.
Mora refused to surrender peacefully, according to a 415-word statement released by Pittsburg police. It describes in detail how officers were finally able to take Mora into custody on Monday afternoon.
It explains officers instructed Mora numerous times to drop the knife to the ground. But Mora refused, and he acted irrationally. After about 10 minutes, officers attempted to subdue Mora twice, including once using a stun gun.
Finally, officers deployed a police dog that grabbed Mora’s arm, and dragged him to the ground. Still the suspect refused to surrender peacefully.
While Mora was on the ground, officers wrestled to handcuff him. Instead of cooperating, Mora reached backwards and stabbed an officer in the neck. Fortunately, the officer sustained only a minor laceration.
Ultimately, it took several officers to forcefully take away the knife from Mora and arrest him. His charges include two attempted assaults with a deadly weapon—on his father and one officer. In addition, he is charged with resisting arrest and for being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.