Cassville man 
facing charges after foot chase

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Deputies mace, tase man who charged them during incident

A Cassville man is facing two felonies and two misdemeanors after a foot chase led to him being tased on Saturday near Farm Road 1170.

Jonathan Saucedo, 24, of Cassville, is charged with second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest, both felonies, as well as third-degree assault on a law enforcement officer and second-degree property damage, both misdemeanors.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Deputy Bill Watkins, with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, after seeing law enforcement arrive at a home on Farm Road 1170, Saucedo walked into a field holding a black tire tool, then came at Watkins with the tool aggressively. He then dropped the tool and fled on foot.

"After fleeing down a hill, Saucedo picked up a stick and threw it at my face, missing me, in an attempt to cause me physical injury," Watkins said in the statement. "Saucedo was maced in an effort to gain compliance and take control of him. Saucedo pulled his wallet from his hip pocket and also threw it at my face, missing me. [He] then charged me and was tasered by Deputy [Justin] Ruark. Saucedo was taken into custody with no further force."

Watkins said Ruark injured his ankle during the chase and apprehension. A witness also said Saucedo had struck a U-Haul truck with the tire tool, damaging the vehicle.

A registered sex offender from Midland County, Texas, Watkins said in the statement Saucedo may be on probation in Texas and in violation of his terms and conditions of his probation.

Saucedo is being held in the Barry County jail on a $15,000 bond. A court date had not yet been set as of Monday afternoon.

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