ALTON – An Alton man faces two felony charges of aggravated battery to police after failure to comply with arrest caused him to allegedly assault one officer and punch another in the face.
Police were called to the 300 block of Spring Street at 8:12 p.m. on Monday, March 4, in response to a domestic dispute between Teressa Clesha Smith, 42, and Bakari Jamal Deckard, 33.
According to police reports, officers found through a computer inquiry – while on scene – Deckard was wanted on a failure to appear warrant from the Illinois State Police in Collinsville.
When officers tried to arrest Deckard, according to documents, he said he “did not have a warrant for his arrest and was not going to be arrested.”
Police said he attempted to resist the arresting officer by pulling one of his wrists away when police tried to place handcuffs on him.
When Deckard showed more resistance, a second officer assisted but was punched on the right side of the face, causing his glasses to fly off.
The group went crashing into a kitchen cabinet on the wall, breaking glass before the arresting officer went to the ground with the suspect.
Reports said necessary force was used to arrest Deckard.
The arresting officer sustained cuts and swelling to one of his index fingers, scrapes to a middle finger knuckle and to the tip of his ring finger on his right hand.
The second officer had an abrasion under his right eye, and his glasses were bent as a result of the brawl.
Deckard was transported to Madison County Jail on Wednesday, March 5, where he was held on a $70,000 bond signed by Judge Neil Schroeder.