Man arrested after reported clash with cops

A Nevada City man who violated a restraining order by threatening and trying to rob a person ended up in jail after reportedly fighting with, and spitting on, Grass Valley Police officers.

Officers were dispatched to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital at about 3 p.m. Friday after a 911 call from a staff member was followed by a nurse pressing a panic alarm, said Sgt. Clint Bates.

Hospital security officers told officers the man — identified as Ryan James Smalley, 28 — had entered the emergency room and confronted a family member who had a restraining order against him.

“He threatened to kill him and demanded cash from his wallet,” Bates said, adding that Smalley did not succeed in taking any money from his victim before leaving the scene.

Smalley threatened to punch the security guards as they tred to escort him out of the hospital, according to dispatch reports.

Officers subsequently located Smalley in a parking lot at Dorsey Drive and East Main Street.

“His behavior was very verbally combative,” Bates said, adding that it quickly escalated to physical violence.

Smalley was handcuffed but then reportedly refused to get into the patrol vehicle. He then allegedly spit in the face of at least one officer and threatened to kill all of them before being subdued and transported to jail.

Smalley was booked into Wayne Brown Correctional Facility on suspicion of attempted robbery, second-degree burglary, making criminal threats, resisting arrest, battery on a peace officer and violating a restraining order. He was being held in lieu of $101,500 bail.

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


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The Union Updated Jan 13, 2014 09:15AM Published Jan 14, 2014 11:39PM Copyright 2014 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.