NewsLocal News


Suspect arrested after El Cajon officer dragged by vehicle

El Cajon officer dragged by vehicle
Posted at 4:09 PM, Dec 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-21 19:10:03-05

EL CAJON, Calif. (KGTV) -- A woman was arrested Sunday after an El Cajon officer was seriously injured after being dragged by a vehicle earlier in December.

According to police, Keani Flores, 28, was a passenger in the vehicle involved in the assault on the officer, Nick Cirello.

The driver of the vehicle, David Pangilinan was seen in the Oakhurst area by officers,

When police tried to conduct a traffic stop, Pangilinan fled the scene and “evaded apprehension,” police said. Flores was reportedly located at a motel nearby. Authorities are still searching for Pangilinan.

Officer Cirello was hit by the vehicle on December 14 on the 100 block of West Washington Street after officers responded to a call regarding a vehicle blocking the roadway with the driver and passenger asleep inside the vehicle.

When officers tried to wake the pair up, the driver provided identification for someone else before starting the vehicle.

When Cirello tried to stop him, he was dragged before being struck by another vehicle traveling past the scene.

Cirello was taken to the hospital before being released on December 18. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the El Cajon Police Department at 619-579-3311 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.