Man accused of assaulting police not going to trial this week

Staff Writer
Herald Democrat
Joel Alvarez

A Sherman man accused of assaulting police officers will not go to trial this week.

Joel Alvarez, 31, was set for trial in the 15th state district court on charges that he injured two Sherman Police officers, one of them seriously, after they responded to a domestic disturbance call at the Steeple Chase Apartments back in March of 2019.

This case and a number of others were postponed this week as the Texas courts are not expected to resume jury trials until at least August amid concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alvarez is represented by Sherman attorney Joe Smith and has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

In previously published reports, Sgt. Brett Mullen said officers responded to the apartment complex in the 3600 block of Steeplechase Drive shortly before 3 a.m. on March 17, 2019 and made contact with a group of people, including Alvarez, who quickly launched an assault on the officers.

“The suspect began punching the uniformed officers in the face,” Mullen said. “One officer was struck and sustained serious facial injuries, which required hospitalization. The other sustained minor injuries. After the punches were thrown, a struggle ensued and officers were able to take the suspect into custody.”

Alvarez was arrested and charged with aggravated assault on a public servant, assault on a public servant and family violence assault, causing bodily injury for his alleged role in the initial domestic disturbance. A search of Grayson County’s online jail records showed Alvarez’s court records show that he bonded out of jail on June 13, 2019 on a $10,000 bond.

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