Saturday, July 28, 2018

Bond set at $10,000 cash-only for Joplin man charged with assaulting police officer, police K9, weapons violation

A Joplin man faces four felony charges, including assaulting a police officer and assaulting a police animal following an altercation July 23 at the Casey's General Store at 2808 W. 7th.

A $10,000 cash-only bond has been set for Tucker Hall, 22, whose alleged crimes occurred after the police was called to Casey's about a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot.

When Joplin Police Department officer Jason Sandbothe approached the vehicle, the officer saw Hall, who was on the passenger side, putting something under the driver's seat, according to the probable cause statement.

Being aware that Hall had two outstanding felony probation violation warrants and a domestic assault warrant, Sandbothe asked Hall to get out of the car so he could take him into custody.

"Tucker then assaulted me by shoving me with both hands and fled on foot. I grabbed ahold of Tucker's t-shirt, but the shirt ripped and he continued to flee."

Sandbothe called out for Hall to stop, but he continued running.

"I chased Tucker to a wooded area where I lost sight of him and asked for assistance from a K9 officer."

The K9, Pax, located Hall. hiding between a concrete wall and fence at 815 S. Schifferdecker Avenue. Hall put his arms around the dog's neck and tried to choke him before Hall was taken into custody, according to the statement.

The item Hall is alleged to have placed under the driver's eat was a Glock 22 .40 handgun.

Hall has prior felony convictions for theft and vehicle tampering.

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