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Cases of assaults continue, three arrests made in Lincoln County

Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 10:41 am


John Summers

Lincoln County Prosecuting Attorney Leah Wommack and staff have filed assault charges against individuals resulting from separate incidents spanning several days.

The Lincoln County Prosecuting Attorney’s office has charged John L. Summers Jr., 45, of Elsberry with a felony of attempt to disarm a peace officer and two misdemeanor assault charges. A cash only bond of $20,000 was ordered. He was also ordered not to make contact with the victim or the victim’s family. The Elsberry Police Department is the investigative agency.

According to court documents, Summers allegedly kicked a teen in the ribs after the youth inquired about mowing Summers’ yard. He then attacked two police officers who responded to the scene. The incident occurred last Friday. Summers allegedly forced the teen to drink vodka, and also tried to stab him in the feet with a knife. He then pulled the knife on the officers and during a struggle, attempted to remove a gun out of an officer’s holster.

In a separate incident, Malisa Dawn Davis, 35, of Elsberry is being charged after assaulting a homeowner with a dog chain and struggling with arresting officers.

Davis, who is reported as a “homeless woman,” is being charged with two counts of felony assault and one count of felony resisting arrest.

Malisa Davis

Malisa Davis

Officers were summoned to the 300 block of Tammy Drive at approximately 7:30 p.m., where the homeowner said she confronted Davis after finding her in her front yard. The homeowner, 45,then told police that Davis grabbed a dog chain from the back yard, cursed at her and began hitting the homeowner’s car with the chain.

When the homeowner yelled for Davis to stop, she allegedly turned the chain on the homeowner, hitting her in the head and the left arm.

When the officer located Davis on foot a short distance away, Davis resisted arrest According to court documents, she cursed at the officer and grabbed his radio so he couldn’t call for back up. She tried to bite him several times. At one point, she grabbed the officer’s genitals, squeezing them, and wouldn’t let go.

The officer eventually was able to take Davis into custody. Bail was set at $50,000 cash-only in the case.

John L. Gibson, 62, of Troy, is also making the news after being charged with first-degree assault, felonious restraint and armed criminal action in an incident occurring at 3:30 a.m. on June 26. on Forest Ridge.


John Gibson

According to the documents, a deputy sheriff was dispatched to Forest Ridge Lane in reference to an assault involving a gun. Upon arrival, the officer as met by two witnesses, the alleged victim and Gibson. The two witnesses stated they were downstairs with Gibson and the victim upstairs when they heard the victim scream and then a gunshot coming out of the bedroom. Witnesses fled the home and called police. The victim told police that Gibson allegedly pointed a semi-automatic pistol at her head and fired a single shot above her head, adding he held her against her will until Gibsons saw police outside. A protective sweep of the residence revealed glass pipes, consistent with drug use and a bullet hole was located in the bedroom wall consistent with the victim’s account.

Bond was set at $250,000 cash only on Gibson. He was also ordered not to make contact with the victim.

Those charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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