SANTA CLARA — A 25-year-old Santa Clara man was arrested Monday for biting another man during an altercation that occurred over the weekend.
On Saturday, officers responded to a Santa Clara residence where it was reported that James Thomas Coon Jr. had assaulted another man, according to a probable cause statement written by Ivins-Santa Clara Public Safety Officer Matt Stoker in support of the arrest.
“It was found that Mr. Coon had bitten (the man) on the hand causing an injury that was noted by the officer,” Stoker wrote in the statement.
Coon fled the scene prior to police arrival, and an “attempt to locate” bulletin was issued for him. On Monday, Coon was located and detained by St. George Police officers. Coon was then arrested for the assault.
Prior to taking Coon into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility, Stoker asked him if he had anything on him and warned him about the penalties for taking anything illegal into the facility, according to the statement, to which Coon replied: “I hope I don’t have anything on me.”
Once inside the jail, Coon was searched and deputies located a small red plastic bag, the statement said. As Stoker looked inside the bag, Coon said, “It’s meth.”
Coon was charged with a second-degree felony for drug possession in jail, and two class B misdemeanors for assault and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Coon’s bail for release pending trial stands at $16,750. He is scheduled to make his next court appearance on May 26.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.