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Candy and alleged violence in Spanish Springs becomes a legal matter
by Sarah Cooper
Mar 21, 2008 | 834 views | 4 4 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The mother of a 16-year-old in Spanish Springs boy has called a Sparks police officer to court on charges of assault, battery and false imprisonment.

The teen, Ariel Mariscal, 16, claims that on Nov. 1, 2007 he was throwing candy in the street in a playful bout with his friend Andrew. Then a stray piece of candy hit the home of Sparks Police Officer Ryan Simpson, angering the officer and resulting in a sticky confrontation.

Mariscal’s mother, Irma Mariscal, filed a complaint with Washoe County District Court on March 7 against Simpson after he allegedly hit the teens while brandishing a gun. The lawsuit also implicates the City of Sparks in the case because Simpson claims that he was acting in a professional capacity when he arrested the two teens.

According to the Sparks Police Department, Simpson is still on active duty, the situation is still being actively investigated by Sparks PD and Simpson cannot comment on the incident.

Both Simpson and the City of Sparks have 20 days to file a response.

Mariscal’s preliminary legal statement depicts a tense confrontation.

According to the legal document, the boys ran down the street after the candy hit the officer’s garage door. Simpson emerged carrying a gun and yelled after the boys “Stop or I’ll shoot.” When the boys stopped, Simpson ordered them onto the ground and asked which one had the BB gun.

Mariscal claims that after he lifted his head from the ground to respond, Simpson hit him with the gun, knocking him unconscious. Mariscal’s friend, Andrew, also lifted his head and claims that Simpson then kicked him in the stomach. Andrew also claims that Simpson grabbed him by the hair, put the gun in his face and told him to shut up.

Simpson then called the police and Mariscal was transported to the hospital. When Washoe County Sheriff's deputies arrived at the scene, Simpson claimed that he had arrested the two teens.

Neighbors in the area of the incident on Lenticular Drive in Spanish Springs have reported past incidents of vandalism and trespassing. Neighbors also claimed on the Sparks Tribune Web site that there are a few inaccuracies in Mariscal’s account of the incident.

According to Mariscal's attorney Jeff Blanck, there were no other witnesses to the incident and that the only injury Ariel sustained was some bruising to his lower jaw. Blanck said his clients are seeking monetary compensation for the cost of Ariel's one-night stay in the emergency room plus damages.

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stephanie Ivers
March 28, 2008
I talked to Andrew the night this happened, and i know for a fact that what they say is true. They didnt have a gun, they were throwing Milk Duds and one hit Simpsons house. Simpson should have not let his anger get out of control. He seriously hurt two teenage boys and he should not get away with that. Just because he is a cop, and they are teenagers doesnt mean what he says is true.
March 24, 2008
I cant even believe that we have to protect our selves from the people that are suppose to be protecting us. i know both of those boys and they have no proof that the vandalizm and break-ins were them. That means that no matter what they shouldnt have been handled in that manner and that officer should be prosecuted.
Iva wall ILY guys.
March 24, 2008
I think this is out rage.

Was the police officer drunk?

Andrew and Ariel did not deserve this can of punishment. and the police officer had no right at all to pull a deadly weapon, or threated them with one. It is down right ridiculous.

This man should be prosecuted. No questions asked.
March 24, 2008
Its funny to me how someone can can post horrible comments about teenagers they don't even know just because they were done wrong by a police officer. This is what makes people so unsure of reporting wrong doing by police officers, because they end up themselves being so misjudged. Why is it so hard to believe a cop was so uninformed about the truth that he went way to far. In some comments posted in the past on the Sparks Tribune website they state the teens are known trouble makers. That could not be farther from the truth. I know one of them is a 3.20 student, on the football team, has never, not even once been in trouble for anything, I would love someone to prove otherwise. He didn't deserve what this man did to him. Its when kids don't have adults to believe in them and back them when they are telling the truth that makes the world a sad place. Mr. Simpson needs to appologize and admit he rushed to horrible judgement that night. What would he do if his child was wrongly pointed a gun at and then hurt and harrassed?
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