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Man jailed after struggle with Petaluma police officer

An Escondido man was arrested Monday night after fighting with and reaching for the gun of an officer trying to arrest him, Petaluma police said.

Police encountered the man at Pete's Henny Penny Restaurant on Old Redwood Highway, where someone had reported that the man was bothering customers and under the influence of alcohol, said Sgt. Ken Savano, referencing the officer's report.

The officer found the man, who later identified himself as Raul Tovar-Aldama, 27, sitting on a stool at the restaurant's counter, Savano said.

When the man saw the officer, he left the building, Savano said.

The officer followed him outside and found him urinating next to the building, according to the report.


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