On April 13, 2023, at approx. 1:30 PM Officers of the Emporia Police Department were called to a theft in progress at Riverside Gardens, 607 Rural St., Emporia, KS. The suspect had left prior to the officer’s arrival. The suspect, later identified as Fernando Renteria, 49 years of age, assaulted a worker from Riverside Gardens as the worker attempted to stop Renteria. Officers then located Renteria in the 800 block of W. 6th Ave. Renteria failed to comply with the officer’s orders. A Taser was deployed to help subdue Renteria. Renteria was arrested. During the arrest, Renteria assaulted the officers. Renteria will be booked in the Lyon County Jail for aggravated assault, battery on a law enforcement officer, and theft. Other charges may be pending.
Contact: Capt. Ray D. Mattas