Police Officer attacked by Minister and family: I was choked so hard I couldn’t breathe

A Lilburn police officer responded to a call from a woman who filed a missing person report, at a church last month, and he had no idea that he would be practically be fighting for his life.

“I was slammed against the glass door, hitting my head very hard against the glass,” Sgt. Ryan Long said in at a preliminary hearing for the Cruz family on Tuesday. “Mr. (Wilmer) Cruz was choking me to the point I couldn’t breathe.”

Authorities said they received a call regarding a missing girl to Iglesia Cristiana Evangelica Church in the 4800 block of Lawrenceville Highway. They responded and went to rescue the minor, who was found inside a tan Cadillac Escalade, but things escalated.

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Sgt. Ryan Long testified he put his Taser in Wilmer Cruz’s back, but Cristina Cruz grabbed it from his hand and pointed it at the officer.

“I grabbed Mrs. Cruz by the arm and told her she was under arrest for grabbing my Taser,” Long said. “She refused and would only say: ‘Jesus love(s) me.’”

After Cristina Cruz was eventually arrested, Wilmer Cruz and Wilmer Cruz Jr. were seen in the video slamming and pinning Long against a door, the officer testified. One of the sons was also seen on video taking the officer’s radio.

Long testified he believes the family fought back because they thought: “Officers were not allowed to fight back against them.” The family also threatened to kill his mom, Long said.




At the center of the fight was the young missing 16-year-old girl, who has since been returned to her mother, is believed to be pregnant by the Cruz’s 17-year-old son. Robles called officers to the church regarding her daughter.

Just a week prior to the brawl, the girl’s mother, Ana Cardenas Robles, filed for an order against Cristina Cruz on March 19, alleging the minister’s wife had been stalking her and threatening her with deportation, and had been refusing her contact with her 16-year-old daughter.

An attorney for the Cruz family claimed in court that Robles had congratulated Wilmer Cruz Jr. on the pregnancy and she gave permission for her daughter to stay with the family.

The family was denied bond in court.




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10 Replies to “Police Officer attacked by Minister and family: I was choked so hard I couldn’t breathe”

  1. I know the fear those police officers would have felt. I was a police officer for 17 years in Britain. When I first started, I had nothing to protect me but a small truncheon, like a night stick, but made of wood and smaller than what the men were issued. Eventually we were issued American style batons. I have been in similar situations to those officers and it’s bloody scary, I’ve no doubt they feared for their lives . The members of that family involved in that assault, should definitely convicted and serve jail time. Disgusting lack of respect for the Police😡

  2. That’s complete bullshit . Did you actually see the video ? You also might want to take an English class or two . “Defending their self” ??
    Good lord .

  3. I fully agree, I lived for 9 years in USA, I got many unpleasant speeding tickets but I allways respected the cops. Never a problem with them. This family of idiots I guess they believe that to comply with the police instructions is optional, up to them. They got in big trouble just for being stupids. the police in the USA are very professional and friendly, but you just don’t bullshit with them or you are in big trouble.

  4. I fully agree, I lived for 9 years in USA, I got many unpleasant speeding tickets but I allways respected the cops. Never a problem with them. This family of idiots I guess they believe that to comply with the police instructions is optional, up to them. They got in big trouble just for being stupids. the police in the USA are very professional and friendly, but you just don’t bullshit with them or you are in big trouble.

  5. Its true the. Burch people shall never act the way they did, but if you was a police and see problems escalate this big i will call for help and then procede.

  6. You are aware there are other people in this world besides Caucasians, right? Not everyone is blessed with a good education or speaks “Ingles” you f*&%$#@ retard!

    As much as you’d like it to be…America isn’t a whites-only country club anymore. Those days are long gone, and they will never return.

    The days of lynching blacks and others and holding massive community gatherings to watch and celebrate are over, come into the 21st century, and learn to accept differences.

    That police officer received exactly the same negativity he so freely decided to give off. In my opinion, that’s what he gets for being an a**hole rather than a trained professional, I suspect that his lack of training must come from living in those small backward hick towns with speed traps that are usually found all over the South. The police officer got what he deserved!

  7. not hard to figure out what police want. you don’t have to speak the language . some really stupid comments on here. the FAMILY was wrong all across the board. I think the police showed AMAZING restraint.

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