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Arlington police search for man who slashed officer

Arlington police are searching for a man who pulled a knife on an officer early Thursday.

About 1:45 a.m., officer Matt Simmons, 35, saw a man behind a building in the 3200 block of Dalworth Street, east of Six Flags Mall. When Simmons asked the man for identification, the man pulled a knife and slashed the officer's uniform across the chest and forearm, according to Lt. Blake Miller, Arlington police spokesman.

The officer suffered minor cuts on the forearm and chest and was sent to the hospital as a precaution, Miller said. The ballistic vest worn by Simmons kept him from being more seriously injured, Miller said.

Simmons disarmed the suspect during a fight and the suspect may have suffered a broken arm and some eye injuries during the fight, police said. The man ran to a wooded area and escaped.

The suspect was described as being in his 20s, about 5-feet-8 inches and 150 to 160 pounds. He had black hair, brown eyes and dark facial hair and wore jeans and a dark hooded shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call Arlington Police detective T. Stellato at 817-459-5782 or Safe City Crime Stoppers at 817-469-8477. All tipsters remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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