Man charged with assault with a dangerous weaponWORTHINGTON — An application for a public defender was granted Tuesday for Ronald Jackson, 48, of Worthington, who is accused of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.
WORTHINGTON — An application for a public defender was granted Tuesday for Ronald Jackson, 48, of Worthington, who is accused of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.
The complaint states Jackson was arrested Saturday after authorities responded to a second call to a First Avenue residence.
When dispatched to the residence the first time, a Worthington police officer found Jackson and another man arguing.
Jackson accused the other man of holding an 11-year-old girl against her will.
The other man told the officer the child was the daughter of friends who were out of town and he didn’t want her going home to an empty house.
The officer allegedly noticed the odor of alcohol on both men.
After determining the child’s parents were not out of town, the girl was taken home.
Later that day, officers were called back to the same residence and told a man was threatening someone inside.
Upon arrival at the house, the officers saw Jackson come out yelling and carrying a knife.
A witness said Jackson and the other man were arguing about the previous police call when Jackson grabbed a knife and knocked the man to the ground, holding the knife to his throat. The officer observed the witness also smelled of alcohol.
During an official statement, Jackson said he had tried to leave after the first police visit, but the man would not let him.
They argued, he said, about the man not letting the girl leave, then the man shoved him several times.
Jackson said he called the police, then threw the man to the ground and grabbed a kitchen knife and held it to the man’s throat until the man said he would let Jackson leave.
At that point, Jackson said, the witness had grabbed two knives and stood over him. Knowing the police were coming, he ran outside.
When the officer spoke to the victim later, the man said he did not want to press charges against his friend.
Jackson’s bail was set at $1,500 and he is to have no contact with the victim.