Napa Man Punched Kin, Slapped Cop, Police Say

No stranger to the Napa County jail, David Molina, 21, returned there Wednesday afternoon following a fight with family and police, according to the Napa Police Department. Arrest information does not indicate a conviction.

A 21-year-old Napa man was arrested Monday afternoon on suspicion of battery, battery on a police officer, resisting arrest and violating probation, according to an arrest summary from the City of Napa Police Department:

Officers responded to a physical fight at a residence in the 1900 block of Laurel St. 

Upon arrival, Officers witnessed David Molina (05/05/1991 of Napa) punch a family member in the face, resulting in minor injury that did not require immediate medical attention.

Officers gave commands for Molina to get on the ground, which he responded to by slapping an Officer’s hand. 

Molina discontinued his aggressive behavior when warned that officers would use that force necessary to take him into custody. 

Molina was arrested and handcuffed. Molina later shoulder checked an Officer as he was being seated in the patrol car. 

Molina was transported and booked at Napa County Department of Corrections.

Arrest information does not indicate a conviction. 

Molina was previously arrested by Napa police in August, along with his girlfriend, on suspicion of robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, preventing a call to police by interrupting a phone line, dissuading a witness, terrorist threats and conspiracy, with Molina facing an additional charge of violating probation, police said.

Those charges stemmed from a neighbor's complaint that the couple had beaten, robbed and threateded him. 

Molina was also arrested in early 2011 for violating the terms of his probation for an earlier conviction.

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Scott Yeager November 30, 2012 at 11:47 PM
So she can't mention any arrest this guy has had previously? As for problems no one needs it seems to me David Molina has created quite a few in the recent past.
Ash Leigh December 01, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Yeah. I'd like to know what J's issue is, too. Is this a relative of yours you are defending, J?
Jerome Knutson December 01, 2012 at 12:55 AM
J. Roland, This is one of the problems with the criminal justice system that we live under. I do recall the news article regarding the earlier arrest for the multiple charges, so that information is public record. I don't know if those charges are still pending. If they are, I think the public should address this situation to put pressure on the DA to make sure this defendant does not have the (easy) ability to be released and harm someone else.
K December 01, 2012 at 07:11 AM
In Mr. Wagner's defense, I do understand what he is saying, If we give so much detail to the local public, then finding a jury of his peers who has not had prior information that biases their ability to be on the jury and put this criminal away, can cause trouble with even trying the case here...that's when change of venues take place...the offender goes elsewhere to be tried and it does come with a cost to the taxpayer...much like the difficulty that was had with the Scott Peterson case. We all want him/them locked away, but if we all hear about all the details, it makes it hard to preserve his consitutional right to a fair trial and then he can potentially be out on the street again and again as mentioned earlier and we don't want that, that's for sure. So, moral of the story, I would rather not hear all the details so a competent and unbiased jury can hear ALL the details and garner a conviction.
Jennifer Wesley December 04, 2012 at 09:09 AM
Yep. Same guy. And guess what?? I saw him out and about today grocery shopping with his dad and girlfriend. Seems to me that either someone bailed him out again, or he was just released after spending the weekend in jail.


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