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Subject Arrested for Assaulting Two Officers

Public Information Officer:
January 20th, 2022
Major Kevin Tieman,
Cass County Sheriff’s Office

09-11-18One Cass County Deputy Sheriff and a Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper received serious injuries after being assaulted by a subject suspected of being under the influence of narcotics early Sunday morning.

Around 1:00 am Sunday Cass County Deputies were dispatched to the area 3rd St. and Fir St. in Garden City, MO. after receiving calls that a male subject had damaged a vehicle and broken windows of a house. A Cass County Deputy arrived on the scene and located the subject covered in a large amount of blood standing near a street sign. Two Missouri State Highway Patrol Troopers and a second Cass County Deputy arrived on the scene and attempted to speak with the subject. Friends of the subject at the scene stated that the subject was under the influence of an unknown substance and that they were unable to get him to cooperate and go home.

Officers gave commands to the subject, identified as Jesse D. A. Hodges, 19, Garden City, in an attempt to take him into custody. Mr. Hodges then charged and swung his fist in an attempt to punch one of the troopers. A deputy and trooper deployed tasers which had little or no effect on Mr. Hodges. Mr. Hodges continued to fight with all four law enforcement officers until he was able to be handcuffed.

A Cass County Deputy was treated at an area hospital for a broken finger. A Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper was admitted to an area hospital with serious injuries. Hodges was transported by ambulance to an area hospital for his injuries where he was treated and released to the Cass County Jail.

Jesse D.A. Hodges, 19, was charged with First Degree Assault on Law Enforcement Officer, Fourth Degree Assault on Law Enforcement Officer, 2 Counts Second Degree Property Damage. He is being held on a $250,000 Cash Only Bond.

The above arrest is a mere accusation and is not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of these charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

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