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April 19, 2023

25-year-old was being taken into custody in connection with prior alleged assault

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An officer attempting to take a suspect into custody in connection with a prior alleged assault was assaulted by the man Tuesday afternoon in Mountain View Cemetery on Ashland Street, the Ashland Police Department said in a Facebook post Wednesday afternoon.

Officers from the department contacted Kevin Michael Hyde, 25, in an encampment at the cemetery at about 2 p.m., interviewed him and advised him he was under arrest, the statement said, whereupon Hyde proceeded to punch the officer in the head. 

Hyde, who has a listed residence address at an Ashland-area motel, was “taken to the ground and arrested without further incident.” The arresting officer sustained minor injuries, according to the report.

The prior assault case happened at about 4 p.m. Friday, April 14, during a meal distribution program at Pioneer Hall, authorities said, when one man, thought to be Hyde, attacked another with a folding chair.

Hyde was booked into Jackson County Jail on charges of attempted assault of a peace officer, assault in the second degree, unlawful use of a weapon, resisting arrest, and assault in the fourth degree (misdemeanor). As of late Wednesday evening, he was in jail in lieu of $100,000 bail on the second degree assault charge.

Email Ashland.news Executive Editor Bert Etling at betling@ashland.news or call or text him at 541-631-1313.

April 19 update, 9:30 p.m.: Updated to reflect that jail records show Hyde to be in custody.

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Bert Etling is the executive editor of Ashland.news. Email him at betling@ashland.news.

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