Arrest warrant issued for man involved in case against La Vergne police

Arrest warrant issued for man involved in case against La Vergne police (Image 1)

There have been new developments involving Mario Ticas, the La Vergne man who accused La Vergne police of brutality earlier this year.

This past May, the dramatic confrontation of Ticas’ altercation with police was captured on a cell phone.

At the time, Ticas claimed the police beat him. La Vergne police supervisors have always maintained their officers did nothing wrong and, one day, police say they will be able to release evidence that proves that.

La Vergne police sources said the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is done investigating the incident.

The district attorney’s office has the evidence but the Rutherford County D.A.’s office has said very little since.

The La Vergne officers involved have never been suspended and are still on the job.

A federal civil rights lawsuit, however, is still being sought.

While the incident works its way through the legal process, News 2 learned there’s now a warrant for simple assault for Ticas on an unrelated case.

According to a Smyrna police report, Ticas allegedly punched a man seated in a car in a Smyrna parking lot on Aug. 3.

The victim, who chose to remain anonymous, told News 2 that he was about to give Ticas’ girlfriend a ride home when, according to the report, an inebriated Ticas allegedly struck the victim through the open car window.

News 2’s Andy Cordan went to Ticas’ home. Ticas stated he doesn’t know the victim and never hit anyone.

“It’s not true. I don’t know [the victim],” he said.

Ticas later said it was the first time he heard about the incident.

Smyrna police said they have tried to serve the arrest warrant at least once, but Ticas was not home.

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