Charges Filed Against Man for Assaulting Federal Officer with Vehicle
Las Vegas, Nev. – A Las Vegas man has been charged with assaulting a federal officer after he allegedly rammed a Honda Accord into a U.S. Immigration and Customs Detention Officer who was approaching his vehicle, announced Greg Brower, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.
Lon Allen Clark, 29, is charged in a Criminal Complaint with Assaulting, Resisting, and Impeding Certain Officers. Clark was arrested on September 23, 2008, in Las Vegas, and detained by a United States Magistrate Judge pending a preliminary hearing.
"Assaulting a federal officer in the line of duty is a serious offense, and these crimes will be aggressively prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office," said U.S. Attorney Brower.
According to the Complaint, on September 17, 2008, several U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detention Officers were conducting a fugitive investigation on San Marcos Street in Las Vegas when they observed a parked Honda Accord occupied by a male driver. The officers thought the Honda might be associated with their investigation, so one officer pulled his SUV in front of the Honda and initiated his emergency vehicle lights. A second ICE vehicle pulled up behind the ICE SUV and initiated its emergency lights. An ICE officer exited the SUV and approached the suspect car on foot. The ICE Officer's badge was hanging visibly from a lanyard around his neck. The driver of the Honda then accelerated the Honda directly into the ICE officer, hitting him and the SUV he had been driving. The ICE officer was able to fire several rounds at the vehicle before it drove away, striking another vehicle on the other side of the street. A short while later, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Officers (LVMPD) found the Honda Accord abandoned in a vacant lot with bullet holes in the front and driver's side window. The Criminal Complaint states that investigating officers and agents were later able to determine that the driver of the vehicle was Lon Allen Clark, who resides in Las Vegas near San Marcos Street.
The case is being investigated by the FBI, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Investigations, and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kimberly Frayn.
A criminal complaint is a preliminary charging document and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.