Man assaults deputies in jail escape attempt

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Shell Knob resident facing 4 felonies

A Shell Knob man is facing four felonies after originally being charged with harassment, then allegedly attempting to escape from the jail and assaulting two deputies.

Sean Hooten, 38, of Shell Knob, is charged with two counts of first-degree harassment, third-degree assault and attempted escape from confinement.

According to probable cause statements filed by Deputy Cody Stephens and Deputy Kyle Rhea, Hooten allegedly texted, sent inappropriate pictures and message, and sent voice recordings to the victim, causing the victim to not want to leave home to go to work. The alleged actions violate an order of protection the victim had filed against Hooten.

Hooten was arrested and in the Barry County jail on July 10, when according to a probable cause statement filed by Deputy Taylor Lombard, he allegedly forced open his cell door and ran toward an open pod door in an attempt to escape confinement.

During attempts to subdue Hooten, he allegedly attempted to take Deputy Kenen Martinezís jail keys, and he allegedly struck Martinez multiple times, causing contusions to his arm and abrasions on his neck. Hooten also allegedly cause a disabling injury to the hand of Deputy Lawrence House.

Both deputies were required to seek medical attention at Mercy Hospital in Cassville, including for exposure to pepper spray during the struggle with Hooten.

Hooten is being held in the Barry County jail on cash-only three bonds, $15,000 for the assault and attempted escape charges, and $5,000 each for the two harassment charges.

He has been arraigned on all the charges, and disposition hearings in each case are set for Thursday at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

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