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Man arrested for assaulting DPS officer

Rafael Reyna III. (Arizona Department of Public Safety Photo)

PHOENIX -- A man wanted on suspicion of assaulting an Arizona Department of Public Safety officer was arrested Thursday following a brief barricade situation.

Rafael Reyna III allegedly assaulted the officer on Jan. 1 following a traffic stop. While he was being arrested for a DUI, he allegedly punched the officer multiple times in the face, causing significant damage. He then fled the scene with one wrist still handcuffed.

Reyna was located at 3122 N. 37th Street in Phoenix on Thursday. After a short barricade situation, he surrendered to officers.

Prior to his arrest, a reward of at least $10,000 that led to the arrest and conviction of Reyna was offered.

DPS said Reyna has a prior criminal history.

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