A Batesville man is facing charges after an incident at Backwoods Steakhouse & Grill in Southside. On July 24, Independence County Sherriff Chief Deputy Aaron Moody was dispatched to Backwoods Bar and Grill for a patron refusing to leave the property.
Upon arrival, Chief Moody wrote in his affidavit that he “observed Manager Cliff Brown and Bartender Mike Wagenblast just outside the front door speaking to a male subject.”
As Chief Moody approached, he said “it was obvious the male subject, later identified as a Oscar Valdez-Munoz, was upset with the management of the establishment.”
Moody’s affidavit stated that “Valdez was asked to leave numerous times by the management, but continued to argue using racial slurs and curse words.”
When Moody asked Brown if he was to be provided a Criminal Trespass Warning and leave the
property, Brown said “yes, he needs to leave,” according to the report.
When Moody explained to Valdez that he was no longer wanted at the establishment and needed to leave. Valdez replied “Fk off Bro,” according to Moody’s statement.
Moody said he advised Valdez three other times to leave or he would be arrested.
“Valdez still refused and was screaming curse words and making a scene in the front door with other patrons entering and exiting at the entrance,’ Moody said.
Moody advised Valdez to turn around and place his hands behind his back. Valdez again replied with the previous expletive.
Moody stated that Valdez also said “do not lay a hand on me or I’ll have your job.”
In a final attempt, Moody wrestled Valdez to the ground and with help from employees, were able to restrain Valdez’s hands in front of him.
With the help of employees, Moody was able to move the position of Valdez’s restraints to behind his back.
Valdez is facing misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, criminal trespassing, and obstructing governmental operations.