Man remains in jail after 2nd arrest in a week

A man remains in custody in county jail on $500,000 bail after being arrested for the second time in a little more than a week.

Craig Stephen Cortez was arrested Friday after deputies responded to a report of an assault at a residence in the 15000 block of Julia Ranch Road, off Greenhorn Road.

Cortez had reportedly broken the victim’s nose and made criminal threats, according to dispatch reports. It was not clear what led to him allegedly punching the victim.

Deputies responded to the residence at about 5:30 p.m. and tried to take Cortez into custody.

He reportedly fought with deputies and injured one of them. The deputy sought treatment, but the extent of the injuries was not known as of press time.

Cortez was arrested on suspicion of battery causing serious bodily injury, battery on a peace officer, resisting arrest and causing serious bodily injury, and making a criminal threat.

He also had been arrested on June 20 after a detective from the Major Crimes unit questioned him in connection with a burglary.

Cortez, 49, was found to be in possession of a loaded firearm and was arrested on suspicion of being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. He was booked and released on $50,750 bail in that case.

He has racked up nine felony cases in Nevada County, according to court records, most recently in 1999.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.


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