Crime

Man accused of punching, biting Kansas City police officers coming to aid of victim

A 54-year-old Kansas City man has been charged with assaulting two female Kansas City police officers who were coming to the aid of a female victim last week.
A 54-year-old Kansas City man has been charged with assaulting two female Kansas City police officers who were coming to the aid of a female victim last week. The Star

A 54-year-old Kansas City man has been accused of assaulting two female Kansas City police officers as they tried to intervene in a fight between a man and a woman.

The Jackson County prosecutor has charged John K. Ross with two counts of second-degree assault of a law enforcement officer for allegedly punching both officers and biting one officer’s hand. He also faces one count of third-degree assault.

One of the officers sustained a concussion. The other officer said she felt nauseated, had a severe headache and ringing in her ears. One of the officers also had redness and slight swelling to her right hand from being bitten.

The assaults occurred about 4:10 p.m. Thursday near 11th Street and the Paseo.

According to court documents:

The two officers allegedly saw Ross punch, head butt and bite a woman. When the officers exited their patrol vehicle and tried to intervene, Ross allegedly attacked them, punching one officer in the head and face eight to 11 times with a closed fist, and allegedly striking the other officer in the head with a closed fist.

Ross also allegedly bit one officer’s right hand.

During the struggle to separate the man from his female victim, the woman lunged forward, possibly to hit her attacker, but she reportedly struck an officer, sending the officer into a metal post.

The woman was arrested and told detectives she didn’t know Ross. She said he approached her and began assaulting her, accusing her of having his “stuff.” She said she didn’t recall punching the officer in the head and that it was not intentional.

Robert A. Cronkleton: 816-234-4261, @cronkb

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