Cedar Rapids man convicted of assaulting U.S. marshal during arrest

He faces up to 8 years in federal prison

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CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids man pleaded guilty Monday to assaulting a U.S. marshal when he slipped out of his jacket as the officer was trying to grab his arms to handcuff him.

Nicholas S. Corporon, 40, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to assault on a federal officer. He faces up to eight years in prison and three years of supervised release following his prison time.

Corporon admitted during the plea hearing to intentionally interfering with U.S. Marshal Task Force Officer Mikel Wombacher as he was attempting to arrest Corporon on an outstanding warrant May 24. He also admitted to having physical contact with the federal officer.

A plea agreement shows Wombacher saw Corporon at a gas station and learned he had an active warrant out of Linn County. Wombacher attempted to arrest him but Corporon turned and got out of his jacket so the officer couldn’t hold onto his arms. Corporon fled from the gas station but Wombacher followed and when he attempted to arrest him again both men fell to the ground.

Corporon got up and again attempted to run, but Wombacher stopped him and placed him under arrest, the plea agreement shows. Wombacher had injuries from the struggle but there’s no details on the extent of those injuries.

Linn County court records show Corporon was wanted for possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine-penalty enhanced, an aggravated misdemeanor.

Corporon had methamphetamine on him when officers were called to the Marion Public Library regarding a person passed out at a computer terminal in April.

Court records show Corporon previously was convicted of possession of marijuana. He also has been charged in Linn County District Court with third-degree burglary, possessing burglar tools and operating a vehicle without owner’s consent.

l Comments: (319) 398-8318; trish.mehaffey@thegazette.com

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