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Alleged assailant to appear in court tomorrow

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Alleged assailant to appear in court tomorrow

A Marston, Mo., man accused of assaulting a Kennett Police Officer will make an appearance for a hearing tomorrow, Jan. 11, at 9 a.m.

Leslie Andre Williams, 51, was previously scheduled while appearing at a previous hearing that was held Jan. 4, at 9 a.m.

Williams is charged with one count of assault on an officer and one count of resisting arrest by fleeing, following an incident where according to the Kennett Police Department, on November 12, 2012 the 51-year-old Marston man was arrested at the Kennett Walmart on assault charges.

The arrest was in regards to a report from the Loss Prevention Officer at Walmart, who reported that the suspect, Williams had left the store with several stolen items in his possession. As officers arrived, they located the suspect in a vehicle on the parking lot. When Kennett Police officers; Joe Stewart and Loraine Burton asked the suspect to get out of the vehicle, he struck Officer Stewart in the face.

As Williams attempted to escape the officers, he and Officer Stewart fell to the pavement during a scuffle, where the officer injured his left hand. The suspect then fled behind the store on foot, where Dunklin County Deputy Sheriff, Kandace Canoy ordered him to stop.

Following a brief struggle with the Kennett Officers, Williams was subdued.

While investigating the incident, officers recovered a total of $385 worth of stolen items from Williams' vehicle.

Officer Joe Stewart received medical attention in the Emergency Room at Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center, where he was treated for at least two broken bones to his left hand.

Williams waived a formal arraignment on Nov. 27, 2012. Williams is currently being held at the Dunklin County Justice Center on a $100,000 cash only bond. A motion was made Nov. 27, to have the bond amount reduced, however Judge Spielman denied the request.

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