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Palm Springs Police Officer injured during arrest

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Two Palm Springs police officers were injured while wrestling a suspected prowler to the ground, a police spokesman said.
      Palm Springs transient Michael Frederick Williams, 52, was arrested
about 9:45 p.m. Sunday in the 200 block of Vereda Norte, according to jail
records. Someone reported a man hiding and looking into property on that street about 10 minutes earlier, Palm Springs police Sgt. Mike Kovaleff said.
      Officers found a man matching the suspect's description hiding near
bushes by a residence's driveway. Williams allegedly "refused to obey the
officer's commands to remove his hands from his pockets and additional commands in an effort to safely detain him," Kovaleff said.
      Williams ran and again resisted officers when they caught up with him.
They detained him after "a violent struggle on the ground," during which one
officer broke his hand and the other hurt his hand and knee, Kovaleff said.
      Williams allegedly had a dagger in his clothing, and police couldn't
determine if he tried to enter the residence outside of which he was hiding,
Kovaleff said.
      Williams was booked the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning
in lieu of $5,000 bail and was expected to be arraigned Thursday at the Larson
Justice Center in Indio, according to jail records.
      Williams was on summary probation for prowling, stemming from an arrest
by Palm Springs police on May 14, Kovaleff said.
      "The victim in that case identified Williams and reported that he had
unlawfully entered her home in the 600 block of West Via Olivera while she was
inside," Kovaleff said.

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