MATTOON (JG-TC) -- A local man was arrested on several charges Sunday afternoon, including allegedly biting a police officer on the arm.

A Mattoon Police Department press release reported that Anthony J. Arnone, 36, of Mattoon was arrested at 1:56 p.m. in the 2300 block of Marshall Avenue on charges of aggravated assault, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, threatening a public official, aggravated battery to a police officer, and possession of synthetic cannabis.

The incident began when Arnone was walking in the 2400 block of Broadway Avenue and he allegedly became involved in an argument with a senior citizen. Arnone allegedly created a breach of the peace by yelling and threatening to shoot the man while acting as if he was drawing a firearm from his waistband. The police department reported that no weapon was found.

Upon police being called, Arnone allegedly fled the scene. He was apprehended on Marshall Avenue. Arnone allegedly proceeded to threaten violence against a police officer’s family, struggled with and spit at police officers, and then bit one police officer. Arnone was also allegedly found to possess synthetic cannabis.

The police officer was treated and released at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center for the injury he sustained from the bite to his forearm. Arnone was taken to the Coles County jail.

In other matters, Darren R. Hensley, 24, of Mattoon was arrested at 3:59 a.m. Saturday in the 1700 block of Marion Avenue on charges of burglary, criminal damage to property, and criminal trespass to property. The charges allege that Hensley broke into the Town and Country Trading Center. Hensley was apprehended within the building and taken to the jail.

Separately, Ronnie L. Tolliver, 42, of Mattoon was arrested at 9:52 a.m. Saturday in the 1500 block of Shelby Avenue on a charge of aggravated assault. The charge alleges that he was armed with a fence post and threatened to physically harm his neighbor, and to damage the trailer park. Tolliver was taken to the jail.

In another matter, Scotty E. Robertson, 43, of Mattoon was arrested at 2:17 p.m. Sunday in the 2400 block of Broadway Avenue. He was taken into custody due to a Franklin County warrant of arrest and was also charged with possession of a controlled substance. That charge alleges that he was found to possess prescription medication without a script. Robertson was taken to the jail.


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