SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. -- A Nebraska Panhandle man is facing two charges of assaulting officers after reportedly resisting arrest, according to Scottsbluff authorities.

On July 15th, Scottsbluff Police officers responded to a call about a man reportedly acting erratically on 19th Street.

The caller stated that a man came into an apartment and began throwing things around and yelling.

Police said when they arrived, the residents of the apartment indicated the man was on the second floor in one of the rooms. 

Police reportedly found 42-year-old Jesus Hernandez hiding in a closet. Officers stated Hernandez was not being compliant with instructions and refusing to move. 

SPD said it arrested Hernandez and he fell to the ground and refused to get up or cooperate.

An officer said at one point Hernandez kicked him in the leg two times and reported feeling pain in his knee.

SPD said it requested medical staff to check on Hernandez’s status and Hernandez spat directly in the staff’s face. 

Officers said they used a spit hood and carried Hernandez to a patrol vehicle where he was taken to Scotts Bluff County Jail.

Hernandez was charged with assault on officer and assault with bodily fluid against a public safety officer.

On July 29th, Hernandez pleaded not guilty to both charges. Hernandez has his next pretrial scheduled for October 19th.