Attorney accused of punching officer faces charges
A defense attorney faces charges of his own after he allegedly attacked a Roseville police officer Wednesday during a drug case in 39th District Court, according to police.
Roseville resident Nijad Georges Mehanna, 41, was arraigned Thursday on charges of felony assaulting, resisting or obstructing a police officer and misdemeanor assault and battery, police said in a press release Thursday. He faces two years on the felony charge.
He was held at the Roseville Police Department Detention facility until arraignment Thursday afternoon, where he received a bond of $10,000 cash/surety or 10 percent.
Mehanna allegedly punched and pushed the officer around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday when the official attempted to prevent him from entering a restricted office to speak with his client’s co-defendant, police said.
When the officer blocked the attorney, the two exchanged insults before Mehanna allegedly pushed the officer in the chest, according to witnesses.
“(He) then allegedly attempted to push past the officer into a restricted office area,” police said in a statement. “When Mehanna found his way blocked into the office area he allegedly without warning struck the officer in the face with his fist.
“Mehanna then allegedly threw several more punches before being wrestled to the ground by the officer involved and 39th District Court Officers.”
The officer suffered several loose teeth, a fat lip and bloody nose as a result of the altercation, police said. Mehanna was uninjured and taken into custody.