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Putnam man accused of striking three deputies during struggle

Putnam County court records say Russell Lee Lewis, 39, of Bancroft is charged with malicious assault, obstructing an officer and three counts of battery on law enforcement officers. (Putnam County Sheriff's Office)

Putnam County sheriff’s deputies said a man faces multiple charges after he severely injured another man during a fight and then struck three deputies when they tried to arrest him.

“I’m not going to jail,” court records said Russell Lee Lewis told deputies when they told him he was under arrest for malicious wounding. “You’ll have to shoot me in the chest.”

Lewis, 39, of Bancroft is charged with malicious assault, obstructing an officer and three counts of battery on law enforcement officers, according to a criminal complaint filed in Putnam County Magistrate Court.

A deputy responded about 3 a.m. Saturday to a residence on Rio Vista Lane in Bancroft regarding a report that a male and female were fighting and a man was in the basement bleeding. The complaint said the officer was met by Lewis, who was agitated and sweating profusely and said the man should not have come into his house.

The officer said he then found a man, identified as Timothy Pearson, covered in blood and laying on the garage floor. A broken beer bottle was on the floor next to the man’s head. Paramedics arrived and said the man had extreme lacerations to the back of his head they believe may have come from the beer bottle.

The officer spoke to Ashley Lewis, Russell Lewis’ wife, who said she and her husband had been fighting. Russell Lewis left the residence and Ashley Lewis let Pearson into the house earlier in the evening. When Russell Lewis returned home, Pearson hid in the garage, and a physical altercation took place after Russell Lewis discovered him there, the complaint said.

Ashley Lewis said her husband told her to go upstairs or “she will get it too,” the complaint said.

When officers told Russell Lewis he was under arrest for malicious wounding, he told them he was not going to jail and stood there and balled up his fists, the complaint said. The officers said they got into a physical struggle with the suspect when they were attempting to handcuff him, and he struck three officers.

Russell Lewis is currently being held at the Western Regional Jail on a $40,000 surety/cash bond.

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