Four suspected gang members are in custody after an incident on Sioux City's west side that ended up leaving a police officer with a fractured hand
According to court documents 27-year-old Vincent Jones, 30-year-old Anthony Jones, 27-year-old Duane Twite, and 25-year-old Clyde Hoffman went to an apartment on the 700 block of West 2nd Street in Sioux City around 8:30 Thursday evening.
Witnesses tell police that the four forced the door of a residence open and told the occupants that they were looking for a woman who used to live there. They then threw a bowl of water at the occupants and told them to "get out" of the apartment. Authorities say that Twite then struck a female occupant and knocked her to the ground. Witnesses told police that two of the four had knives at the time of the incident. Those weapons, along with colored bandanas were later found by police.
Authorities made contact with the four about a block away from the scene of the crime at around 9:00 P.M. While being detained, Vincent Jones struggled with Officer William Enockson causing both of them to fall to the ground. Police say that during the fall and subsequent struggle Enockson suffered a fracture to his hand.
While being interviewed at the police station, authorities say that the four frequently yelled "Westside Locos" while in custody. During interrogation, police say that Anthony Jones was actively fighting an officer in an interview room. At one point authorities say Jones identified himself as a Westside Loco and told officers that he had to "create a disturbance to make his image look good." According to police he then looked at an officer and said "I'm sorry" before standing up and throwing a chair at the wall. He was eventually subdued and taken to jail.
As a result of the incidents, the four are facing the following charges:
Anthony Jones is currently charged with Assault on Persons in Certain Occupations, 1st Degree Burglary, and Criminal Gang Participation. He's being held in the Woodbury County Jail on a $45,000 bond.
Duane Twite is currently charged with 1st Degree Burglary and Criminal Gang Participation. He's being held in the Woodbury County Jail on a $35,000 bond. His next court date is August 8th at 9:00 A.M.
Clyde Hoffman is currently charged with 1st Degree Burglary and Criminal Gang Participation. He's being held in the Woodbury County Jail on a $35,000 bond. His next court date is scheduled for August 8th at 9:00 A.M.
Vincent Jones is currently charged with Interference with Official Acts Causing Bodily Injury, 1st Degree Burglary, and Criminal Gang Participation. He's being held in the Woodbury County Jail on a $45,000 bond. He's due back in court on August 8th at 9:00 A.M.
First Degree Burglary is a class "B" felony in the state of Iowa. It carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison. Criminal Gang Participation is a class "D" felony in the state of Iowa carrying a penalty of up to 5 years in prison.
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