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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man already facing felony charges is now charged with assault after police say he punched an officer in the head during his arrest yesterday afternoon.

Wilmington Police say it happened around 4 p.m. at a home at 1012 Hanover Street. Officers say that’s where they found Michael Onwubuya, 20, who was wanted for felony probation violations.

Police say when an officer walked up to the house, a woman there told him Onwubuya was inside on the couch. They say the officer then went inside to serve the six warrants Onwubuya was wanted for in another area.

When police attempted to arrest him, they say Onwubuya punched one of the officers in the back of the head, sparking a struggle until police secured him.

Officers finally arrested Onwubuya, charging him the felonies he already faced, along with an assault charge on a law enforcement officer. Owubuya remains in the New Hanover County Jail under $100,000 secured bond.

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