VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Just 12 hours after a Suffolk officer was reportedly attacked , police say a Virginia Beach officer was beaten and choked with his own helmet strap.
Grazia Moyers with the Virginia Beach Police Department said the assault occurred around 8:15 p.m. in the 300 block of 23rd Street after a witness reported two suspects were assaulting a man in the parking lot.
According to Moyers, a second precinct officer arrived first on scene and as he dismounted his bicycle, one of the suspects fled.
The second suspect then charged the officer and tackled him to the ground, Moyers said.
The officer's helmet cracked as it hit the ground and the suspect reportedly began assaulting the officer before choking him with the strap of his helmet.
Moyers added the victim of the original assault as well as another person in the area came to help and pulled the suspect off the officer, who was said to have trouble breathing.
When additional officers arrived on scene, the suspect was immediately taken into custody. The suspect who fled was found a short distance away. They have been identified as Samuel S. Longoria, 18, of Texas, and Joshua D. Laud, 19, of Pennsylvania. It was not clear which suspect assaulted the officer, but both have been charged with assaulting a law enforcement officer.
WAVY.com has reached out to VB Police for clarification.
The officer received minor injures but declined medical attention, Moyers said. Another officer was taken to the hospital with an injured wrist but was treated and released.
Cindy Bowker with Fort Eusis told WAVY.com Longoria and Laud are soldiers assigned to Fort Eustis with the 128th Aviation Brigade.
Longoria and Laud remain in jail with no bond.
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