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Prosecutor files assault charges stemming from separate incidents

Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Lincoln County Prosecuting Attorney Leah Wommack and staff have filed assault charges against individuals resulting from separate incidents spanning several days.

The Lincoln County Prosecuting Attorney’s office has charged John L. Summers, 45, of Elsberry  with a felony  of attempt to disarm a peace officer and two misdemeanor assault charges. A cash only bond of $20,000 was ordered.He was also ordered not to make contact with the victim or the victim’s family. The Elsberry Police Department is the investigative agency.

According to court documents, Summers allegedly kicked  the teen in the ribs after the youth inquired about mowing Summers’ yard. He then attacked two police officers who responded to the scene. The incident occurred last Friday. Summers allegedly forced the teen to drink vodka, and also tried to stab him in the feet with a knife. He then pulled the knife on the officers and during a struggle, attempted to remove a gun out of an officer’s holster.

In a separate incident, Malisa Dawn Davis, 35, a homeless woman in Elsberry has been charged with two counts of felony assault and one count of felony resisting arrest

According to court documents, police responded Tuesday (June 25) at 7:30 p.m. to the 300 block of Tammy Drive in Elsberry after a homeowner reported confronting Davis  after seeing her in her yard.  The homeowner said Davis grabbed a dog chain from the yard, spoke profanity  and began hitting the homeowner’s car with the dog chain. She later assaulted the homeowner, striking her in the head and arm with the chain.

The Elsberry police officer located Davis who resisted arrest. She attempted to secure the officer’s radio so he couldn’t call for assistance and also attempted to bite him several times.

Bail was set at $50,000 cash only.

A Troy man, John L. Gibson, 62, has been charged with first-degree assault, felonious restraint  and armed criminal action in an incident occurring on June 26 at 3:30 a.m. on Forest Ridge.

According to the documents, a deputy sheriff was dispatched  to Forest Ridge Lane in reference to an assault involving a gun. Upon arrival, the officer as met by two witnesses, the alleged victim and Gibson. The two witnesses stated they were downstairs with Gibson and the victim upstairs when they heard  the victim scream and then a gunshot coming out of the bedroom. Witnesses fled the home and called police.  The victim told police that Gibson allegedly  pointed a semi-automatic pistol at her head and fired a single shot above her head, adding he held her against her will until Gibsons saw police outside. A protective sweep of the residence revealed glass pipes, consistent with drug use and a bullet hole was located in the bedroom wall consistent with the victim’s account.

Bond was set at $250,000 cash only on Gibson.  He was also ordered not to make contact with the victim.

Those charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.