Wrestling champ arrested after rumble with officers

Wrestling champ arrested after rumble with officers

Credit: Multnomah County Jail

Gresham police said it took six officers and four shots from a taser before they were able to get Worter Torriente-Vela under control.

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by By NICK BRADSHAW / KGW.com

NWCN.com

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 1:36 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 24 at 12:37 PM

GRESHAM, Ore. - A man claiming to be a Cuban wrestling champion was arrested on Saturday night after a real-life royal rumble with six Gresham Police officers.

Police were called out to the Plaid Pantry at 590 West Powell on a report of a drunk and belligerent man who would not leave the store around 11:45 Saturday night.

The first two Gresham officers arrived and reportedly escorted 28-year-old Worter Torriente-Vele out of the store.

Gresham Sergeant Michael LeDuc said once in the parking lot Torreinte-Vela snapped.

LeDuc said the 28-year-old Vancouver man started fighting with the two officers. One of them shot Torriente-Vele with a taser but it had no affect.

During the struggle, a third officer showed up and tried to help the other two contain Torriente-Vele.

Three more officers responded to the call. LeDuc said even after being tased three more times Torriente-Vele would not stay down.

After three minutes of struggling, the six officers were finally able to get some handcuffs on the five-foot-nine Torriente-Vele.

Torriente-Vele told police he was a five-time Cuban National Wrestling champion.

Three of the officers involved were injured in the fight, though not seriously.

Torriente-Vele was arrested on charges of Trespass, Criminal Mischief, Resisting arrest, Disorderly Conduct and Possession of Cocaine.

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