Wednesday, July 7, 2010 | 3:31 p.m.
Boulder City Police arrested a 42-year-old man last week in connection with assault with a deadly weapon after he was caught allegedly trying to shoplift merchandise, smashed a liquor bottle and used it to threaten people while exiting a grocery store, police said Wednesday.
Cristian Navarro was arrested last Thursday on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest after witnesses flagged down an officer in an Albertson’s parking lot about 12:30 p.m.
The officer tried to arrest Navarro after activating his emergency lights and siren. Police said Navarro stopped at first, then ran to a Starbucks. Two people at the coffee shop detained Navarro on the patio until officers arrived, authorities said.
Navarro was booked into a holding cell at the Boulder City Police Department while officers completed an arrest report. One of the officers heard noises coming from the cell area and discovered Navarro hanging from his neck by a noose he made from the shirt he had been wearing, police said.
The officer removed him from the noose and requested medical assistance. Navarro never lost consciousness or stopped breathing, police said.
He was taken to the Clark County Detention Center and placed on a suicide watch. Records indicate Navarro has a previous conviction for larceny. His bail was set at $10,000.