Store owner speaks about Stockton police arrest

8:03 PM, May 2, 2012   |    comments
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STOCKTON, CA - It was caught on camera and now the forceful arrest and beating of a Stockton suspect is under investigation.

Bariki Wiltz, 34, was booked into San Joaquin County Jail for attempting to remove a firearm from a police officer and resisting and obstructing a peace officer.

As police review the incident, a key piece of evidence is cellphone video captured by Stockton store owner Cynthia Guerra. Guerra was working at her gift shop when a Stockton police officer tried to arrest Wiltz. Police said he was drunk and refused to leave the plaza.

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Guerra's cell phone video shows the suspect reaching behind the officer's back near his holster.

"My sister screamed that he was getting the gun and there were so many patrons out here and we were nervous for that," Guerra said.

"I said, 'He's trying to get your gun,' and then the officer reached back then forward and I saw him put his hand on the man's hand," Teresa Guerra said. 

Wiltz then fled the scene.

News 10 cameras caught the end of the chase as two officers with batons beat Wiltz, attempting to arrest him.

Stockton police officers met Wednesday to review their use of force; the department is conducting an internal investigation.

"Videos don't lie," Guerra said. "What it shows is what actually happened, it is what it is."

Wiltz is no stranger to the law. In 2006 and 2007, he pleaded no contest to petty theft charges. In 2008, he was charged with battery on a spouse, but that battery charge was dismissed.

Wiltz denied an interview for the story. His arraignment is set for Thursday.


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