Inmates help deputy under attack in Bradley County

Bradley County Sheriff's Office / Jacob Crouch
photo Bradley County Sheriff's Office / Jacob Crouch

Two inmates came to the aid of sheriff's Deputy Amber Owens when she was attacked by an inmate at Bradley County Court.

Owens was placing three inmates in a holding cell shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday when Jacob Pablo Crouch, 30, assaulted Owens and attempted to disarm her, according to a news release from the sheriff's office Monday.

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"A struggle ensued, and two inmates assisted Deputy Owens in attempts to mediate the situation," Alana Shell, the public information officer for the sheriff's office, said in the release. "During the altercation, they fell into the courtroom, and several other deputies intervened to detain Mr. Crouch."

Crouch was to appear in court Thursday on charges of burglary and theft under $1,000, Shell said via text message.

According to the statement, Deputy Adam Beard was bitten on the hand during the incident.

"He is well" and back to performing his regular duties, while Owens "did not suffer any injuries," Shell said.

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Crouch will be charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and held without bond, authorities said. He will also face in-house disciplinary penalties for the assault.

- Compiled by La Shawn Pagán