WILMINGTON — An ongoing case against a man who allegedly assaulted a boy and his mother with a knife at a Wilmington park Aug. 4 will now go before a grand jury where prosecutors plan to propose added charges.
John E. Anderson Jr., 28, of Wilmington, was brought from jail Thursday to Clinton County Municipal Court. Judge Chad L. Carey ordered that Anderson remain held without bond, with prosecution saying the case met “all factors” set in state law for denying bond to a defendant.
Clinton County Chief Felony Prosecutor Brian Shidaker said factors that weigh against bond include the incident alleged is an act of violence, one victim is a child, the reported use of a deadly weapon, Anderson allegedly tried with both hands to remove a policeman’s holster gun during arrest, and the danger he would pose to the public if released on bond.
After the hearing, Shidaker said the county prosecutor’s office is looking at new charges when the case is presented to a grand jury, “specifically stemming from the defendant’s conduct when he attempted to unholster the officer’s firearm” during the arrest.
Initially, Anderson was charged with felonious assault and felonious assault of a police officer, as well as the misdemeanors of aggravated menacing, carrying a concealed weapon and resisting arrest.
A copy of the Wilmington Police Department’s incident report stated two box-cutter knives were found on Anderson when he was apprehended shortly after the reported assaults at J.W. Denver Williams Jr. Memorial Park off Rombach Avenue.
The report also stated, “The police department has been dealing with Anderson for several weeks now as he is known to be homeless and we have received numerous reports of him sleeping at various businesses along Rombach Avenue.”
The incident report alleged Anderson on Aug. 4 ran over and grabbed an 11-year-old boy at the skate park, threw the boy to the ground and held a box cutter knife to his neck. He allegedly also threatened the boy’s mother with a knife.
During a patdown after his apprehension and arrival at the Clinton County Jail, Anderson allegedly spit on a corrections officer.
At Thursday’s hearing, an unrelated case against Anderson also was addressed. He admitted he violated probation when he was charged in 2010 with driving under suspension.
Gary Huffenberger can be reached at 937-382-2574, ext. 2512 or on Twitter @GHuffenberger.