Purdy man charged for assaulting police

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Man allegedly broke part of police car, threatened officer

A Purdy man is facing four felonies and two misdemeanors after allegedly assaulting and threatening police officers at an apartment in Purdy.

Herschel Harry, 27, of Purdy, is charged with two counts of third-degree assault, one count of third-degree assault on a special victim, second-degree terroristic threatening, misdemeanor second-degree property damage and misdemeanor resisting arrest.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Russ Nichols, officer with the Purdy Police Department, the incident occurred at an apartment on Monroe Street in Purdy.

Police responded to the apartment after a walk-in report of Harry allegedly assaulting a man and a woman in the parking lot of the apartment complex. When contacted, Harry allegedly physically assaulted Purdy Officers Larissa Wise and Bayley Kimbrough.

He later allegedly admitted to assaulting the officers, then resisted arrest by pulling away and failing to comply with officers’ orders.

Once in the patrol vehicle, Nichols said Harry kicked and beat on the rear doors and windows, breaking the switch panel on the passenger door. Nichols was also allegedly injured on the right arm after attempting to further restrain Harry.

Harry then allegedly made threats against Purdy officers, such as saying he would burn down the police station or bomb the car, and made personal threats against Nichols.

Harry is being held in the Barry County jail on a cash-only bond of $40,000. He has been arraigned, and a disposition hearing was held Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

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