A Georgia minister, his wife and their son, who all allegedly attacked police officers during a scuffle over a runaway girl, now face multiple charges including assault.
Wilmer Cruz, his wife Cristina and their teenage son, Wilmer Cruz Jr., were charged with 12 counts of aggravated assault and other charges on Thursday, according to WSB-TV.
The charges stem from an incident which occurred on March 24, when officers were called to Inglesia Cristina Evangelica Church, in Lilburn, Georgia, regarding a missing girl.
Wilmer Cruz Sr. and his wife, Cristina, (seen in April) face assault charges after a March incident in which they allegedly attacked police officers outside the church were Wilmer Sr. is a minister
Wilmer Cruz Jr. (in April) also faces assault charged for allegedly attacking police officers during the skirmish, which was over a runaway girl who was hiding at the church and was supposedly pregnant with Wilmer Jr.'s child
The teenage girl, 16, had apparently been impregnated by Wilmer Jr., 17, and was hiding out with the family at the church.
When officers arrived at the church, they ended up in an all-out brawl with Wilmer Sr., Cristina and Wilmer Jr., which was caught on police body camera and witness cellphones, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.
Sgt. Ryan Long said the confrontation turned violent when Wilmer Sr. and his son pushed him against a glass door.
Officer Ryan Long (in April) said that the Cruz family assaulted him while he was responding to the call about the missing teenage girl
'I was slammed against the glass door, hitting my head up against the glass and Mr. Cruz was choking me