A Licking woman had a warrant issued for her arrest Feb. 19 in connection to allegedly striking a sheriff’s deputy in the face, according to documents filed in circuit court.
Jasmine N. Atkinson, 25, is charged with one felony count of second-degree assault on a special victim. Her bond was set at $20,000.
Atkinson was incarcerated in Cell 1 of the Dent County Jail on Feb. 12 when she began shouting at other detainees, according to the case’s probable cause report. Responding jail staff determined Atkinson posed an imminent danger of creating a physical altercation and needed to be placed in the jail’s isolation cell. After refusing to comply, Atkinson resisted relocation and was placed in handcuffs to be escorted.
The report states upon being placed in the isolation cell, Atkinson’s handcuffs were removed and she struck a deputy in the face with the open cuff hanging from her wrist. The deputy was hit beside the right eye and began bleeding. After being taken for treatment to Salem Memorial District Hospital the deputy was diagnosed with a periorbitial hematoma.
Atkinson’s criminal history states she was previously found guilty in 2015 of third-degree assault in Texas County as well as possession of a controlled substance last year.