Homeless man arrested for assaulting victim in Walmart, police officer


A homeless man has been arrested after he allegedly assaulted someone inside Walmart and then attacked a police officer on Sunday in Johnson City.

According to police, 33-year-old Angel Vasquez has been charged with assaulting a police officer in the second degree, a felony, as well as misdemeanor assault in the third degree, criminal obstruction of breathing and obstructing governmental administration in the second degree, both misdemeanors.

On Sunday at about 12:50 p.m., officers were dispatched to a reported assault that occurred at Walmart. They found a 69-year-old male victim, who said he was randomly assaulted by Vasquez while he was shopping.

Police interviewed witnesses and reviewed video footage, which they say shows the suspect approaching the victim and punching him until the victim fell to the ground. He then allegedly stomped on the victim.

Once at the police station, the suspect became extremely violent and several officers struggled to subdue him. Vasquez grabbed an officer by the neck and began choking him.

Vasquez was remanded to Broome County Jail on $500 bail.