A man from Springfield who fought with two officers and slashed a sheriff’s deputy’s uniform on Wednesday is now charged with three crimes. It's the second time this year that police say Ryan Acosta, 27, decided he didn't want to go to jail quietly.
Greene County prosecutors charged Acosta on Thursday with assaulting a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action, and resisting arrest. A judge set his bond at $100,000.
On Wednesday morning, employees of Commerce Bank on East Battlefield Road at Fremont Avenue in Springfield called police after they saw a man with a knife slicing vehicles’ tires in their parking lot. A Greene County sheriff’s deputy was in the area. He spotted Acosta, who matched the description of the reported tire slicer, who may also have tried to steal a car before he started vandalizing tires.
The deputy and a Springfield police officer tried to arrest Acosta, who they say became combative. As they tried to arrest him, they say Acosta pulled out a large knife and slashed at the deputy. They say Acosta then fled on foot. The deputy wasn’t hurt but discovered later that his uniform shirt was sliced open by the knife.
A short while later, another Springfield police officer who was looking for Acosta hit him with his vehicle on National Avenue near Edgewood Street. Acosta was treated at a hospital for his injuries before being taken to jail.
If Acosta is convicted, he could receive a prison sentence up to 30 years for assaulting an officer, three years or more for armed criminal action, and up to four years for resisting arrest.
Acost faces similar charges in Christian County. Last January, Nixa police said he assaulted an officer and resisted arrest after being stopped on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and stealing gasoline. He was free on bond while his case was pending in Christian County.