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Man, teen arrested after reportedly attacking police officer

Posted at 2:05 PM, Oct 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-02 14:07:08-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- A SE Cape man and a 14-year-old juvenile have been arrested after police say they attacked an officer that was questioning the man.

It happened around 11:15 pm Friday in the 1900 block of SE 8th Street in Cape Coral.

According to Cape Coral Police, a neighbor had called police after a man was cat-calling her, throwing items at her when she would try to leave her home, and flashing his truck headlights at her home.

An officer arrived and approached 34-year-old Travis Krater, who refused to show his hands or identify himself.  When the officer attempted to detain Krater for safety, Krater shoved the officer and fled into his home.

A backup officer arrived as Krater continued creating a disturbance and yelling loud expletives at the officers. Officers attempted contact with Krater again as he continued to make verbal threats, and when another attempt was made to detain Krater by the front door he punched the officer in the mouth.

Krater continued fighting with the officer, and when the backup officer attempted to assist, a 14-year-old juvenile in the home began attacking the assisting officer, striking him in the head with his forearms. 

The assisting officer attempted to use his Taser on the boy without effect; the officer still being battered by Krater then Tased both suspects one after the other, with it working to subdue the boy but having no effect on Travis.

Travis snatched the Taser out of the assisting officer's hand, threw it into the house through the open door and fled inside, locking the door and leaving his son Ian outside where Ian was detained. 

Travis Krater refused to exit the home and barricaded himself inside for several hours. The Cape Coral Police SWAT Team responded and made entry into the home, detaining Travis without further incident. The stolen Taser was recovered from the bottom of the home's swimming pool.

Travis Krater was arrested and charged with battery on an officer, resisting with violence, grand theft (of the Taser), criminal mischief (for destroying the Taser), and police obstruction (depriving officer of means of protection or communication). He was transported to the Lee County Jail where he remains with a total bond of $260,000.

The boy was also arrested and charged with battery on an officer and resisting with violence, and was transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center.