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St. Louis man charged with aggravated battery against bailiff in St. Clair County Court

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According to data from the FBI, property and violent crimes continue to decrease in Illinois, though the violent crime's are still slightly higher than the national average.

A St. Louis man was with two felonies on Feb. 22 following his alleged assault on a bailiff in St. Clair County last year.

Emmanuel I. Jones, 21, was arrested by bailiffs at the St. Clair County courthouse on an outstanding warrant on Aug. 23, Capt. Bruce Fleshren of the sheriff’s department said Tuesday.

While detained in the holdover cell at the courthouse, Fleshren said Jones began yelling and “causing problems.” That’s when Bailiff Devin Sims went into the cell to intervene. According to charging documents, Jones then jumped on Sims and slammed him into a door.

Other bailiffs then entered the cell and were able to secure Jones inside without further incident, Fleshren said. During the struggle, Sims’ left ring finger was injured.

Jones was charged with one count of resisting a police officer and one count of aggravated battery related to the incident. His bail was set at $20,000 and, according to Fleshren, he was not in police custody as of Tuesday.

Hana Muslic has been a public safety reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat since August 2018, covering everything from crime and courts to accidents, fires and natural disasters. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and her previous work can be found in The Lincoln Journal-Star and The Kansas City Star.
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