Belvidere man convicted of knocking out senior citizen, punching and pepper spraying police officers

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BELVIDERE, Ill. (WTVO) — 27-year-old Taylor Anguiano was sentenced to 10 years in prison for knocking out a senior citizen and spraying arresting officers with pepper spray.

Belvidere Police say on May 10th, 2017, Anguiano became angry that a 67-year-old man told him to move his car, which was illegally parked in his tenant parking space. Anguiano punched the man in the face, knocking him out.

The victim suffered bleeding around his brain, a broken nose, a broken cheek bone, and a fractured right eye socket.

Police went to arrest Anguiano at a residence in the 1900 block of Lake Shore Drive on July 2nd, 2017. When officers attempted to take him into custody, Anguiano ran. When police caught up to him, he punched one of the officers in the face, grabbed one of the officers’ pepper spray, and sprayed both pursuing officers.

Anguiano pleaded guilty to the offenses on July 22nd, 2019. At the trial, the State presented evidence that he had coached his alibi witnesses with details of his alibi.

Anguiano is also awaiting sentencing for a home invasion in Winnebago County, which he pleaded guilty to on September 6th.

In that case, Anguiano entered an apartment on Governors Drive in Rockford, and hit the victim in the face with a hammer.

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