BROOKLAND — A Rector man received a $2,500 bond Monday after a sheriff’s deputy said he damaged his patrol car and spit on him.

The Craighead County Sheriff’s Office was assisting Brookland police Friday night with a domestic disturbance call in the 1700 block of McNatt Drive, according to the probable cause affidavit. It took several minutes for the suspect to come out of an apartment bedroom, and when he did, a deputy claimed the suspect refused orders and walked toward law enforcement “aggressively.”

Once Frank Herrera, 20, of Rector, was close enough to deputies, they brought him to the ground, Deputy Cody Ladner wrote.

“While on the ground Mr. Herrera continued resisting and stated, ‘I’m going to beat the (expletive) out of you.’ The statement was directed toward Deputy (Dustin) Norwood,” the affidavit read.

A deputy alleged that Herrera kicked the rear passenger door of his patrol car causing it to bend away from the frame.

“While attempting to gain control of Mr. Herrera, he ... proceeded to spit in my face. I was wearing a face mask due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, but the saliva struck the area of my face that was not covered by the mask,” Ladner wrote.

District Court Judge Tommy Fowler found probable cause Monday to charge Herrera with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, second-degree terroristic threatening, first-degree criminal mischief causing property damage valued at $1,000 or less and disorderly conduct.

Ladner wrote in the affidavit that Herrera will also face charges through the Brookland Police Department. The suspect’s next court appearance is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Aug. 28 at the Craighead County Courthouse, 511 S. Main St., Jonesboro.

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