Motel guest fights officers

By Brandon Evans | Published Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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Officers rumbled with a Goliath of a man Monday evening after he refused to leave his hotel room.

Francisco L. Betancourt

Decatur officers were called to the Econo Lodge Inn and Suites about a guest, Francisco L. Betancourt, 44, of Mercedes, who had overstayed his welcome and refused to leave. Betancourt had been staying at the hotel on business.

“But he’d been terminated from his job, and his work wasn’t going to pay for the room anymore,” said Decatur Police Sgt. Gerald Wright.

The hotel called the police to help escort the man from the premises. The officers entered the room and found Betancourt sitting on the edge of the bed, staring at the television. They told him it was time to go, but he just sat there.

“They noticed he wasn’t acting right,” Wright said. “(Betancourt) then admitted he was on drugs.”

Officers found a small, plastic baggie containing the residue of what appeared to be methamphetamine. They then ran a background check and discovered he had multiple warrants out of Colorado County.

“They told him he was going to be arrested,” Wright said. “But he said, ‘No.'”

Officers on the scene asked the 6-4, 330-pound-man numerous times to go peacefully.

“He didn’t comply,” Wright said. “He started resisting. He got pepper sprayed, and he still kept fighting. Three officers were rolling around the room with him.”

The officers finally got him into handcuffs. Betancourt was so large it required three sets of handcuffs linked together to cuff his hands behind his back. But he continued to grapple with officers, attempting to bite them and kick them in the crotch.

Wise County Sheriff’s Office was called in for backup to help get Betancourt down the stairs and into the patrol car. He had to be Tased once to get in the car and then again at the Wise County Jail as he continued to fight officers.

Decatur Fire Department was called in to decontaminate – wash and scour the pepper spray off Betancourt.

He was charged with possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest in addition to his two outstanding warrants. As of Tuesday afternoon, he was still in Wise County Jail.

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