Harassment charges follow Perry man’s threats to kill police officer

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Jonathan de Jesus Corado Melendrez, 22, of Perry was arrested Saturday night on charges of assault, assault on person in certain occupations and two counts of first-degree harassment.

A Perry man arrested last month for allegedly threatening to kill officers of the Perry Police Department was arrested Sunday night for allegedly making the same threats.

Jonathan de Jesus Corado-Melendrez, 22, of 914 Central St., Perry, was charged with public intoxication and two counts of first-degree harassment.

The incident began about 11 p.m. Sunday, when officers responded to a report of a male attempting to force his way into a residence in the 1800 block of First Avenue.

The officers found a male “yelling” outside the house, “knocking on the door” and “asking for a ride.” The officers made contact with the yelling man, who was Corado-Melendrez, and discerned “a very heavy smell of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath,” according to court records.

Corado-Melendrez’ “was uneasy on his feet,” according to court records, and “his speech was very slurred.” He was detained and taken to the Perry Police Department, where he allegedly “threatened to kill” an officer “twice in a short period of time.”

A preliminary breath test was administered, returning a breath alcohol concentration of .227, according to court records.

Corado-Melendrez is held in the Dallas County Jail on a $2,000 cash or surety bond. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Feb. 14 in Dallas County District Court.

Corado-Melendrez also faces charges of first-offense OWI and two counts of first-degree harassment in connection with a Dec. 23 incident in which he allegedly made “threats to officers that he was going to beat the officers up, stab them and kill them,” according to court records. His trial on the December charges is scheduled for March 23 in Dallas County District Court.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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