Published: 4:18 pm, Fri. Nov. 2nd, 2018Updated: 4:17 pm
An Artesia man is facing multiple charges after being found abusing aerosol spray on Halloween night in Wal-Mart.
At approximately 8 p.m. Wednesday, Artesia Police Department officers were dispatched to Wal-Mart in reference to a suspicious person who was reportedly huffing aerosol.
Upon arrival, police made contact with Wal-Mart staff, who had identified the individual as Jose Lujan, 22, of Artesia.
According to the criminal complaint, Lujan at first provided both Wal-Mart employees and police with a false name and age. After running his actual name, officers found multiple warrants.
As police were searching Lujan incident to his arrest, they discovered a needle on his person. Lujan proceeded to grab a bandana as police were preparing to lift him to a standing position and refused to relinquish it. Officers attempted to place him in a wrist lock but were unable due to the fact he was pressing back with his other hand.
Officers were eventually able to escort Lujan to a waiting patrol vehicle, where he began refusing to walk. According to the report, multiple officers were forced to pick him up and place him into the backseat.
Police transported Lujan to Artesia General Hospital for medical clearance, where he began to pull away and refused to enter. Once again, multiple officers were required to move him, and once inside and handcuffed to a hospital bed, Lujan proceeded to scream and violently rock the bed.
Due to his actions, he was sedated and had to be held down during that process, as well, to prevent him from grabbing at hospital staff. After calming down with the assistance of the sedatives, Lujan admitted to his real name but had to be sedated a second time after continuing to rock the hospital bed.
Lujan was subsequently charged with resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, criminal trespassing, concealing identity, abuse or possession of glue or aerosol spray, and possession, delivery or manufacture of drug paraphernalia, as well as the five municipal warrants for failure to pay fines and two magistrate warrants for failure to appear.
He was scheduled to appear for arraignment today before Judge Daniel Reyes Jr. in Artesia Magistrate Court.