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Officials ID man arrested after bricks thrown at Newton police’s door

VIDEO: Man throws bricks at Newton Police Department

Surveillance cameras at the Law Enforcement Center in Newton capture police officers deploying a Taser on a man who repeatedly threw bricks at the entrance of the building.
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Surveillance cameras at the Law Enforcement Center in Newton capture police officers deploying a Taser on a man who repeatedly threw bricks at the entrance of the building.

Harvey County Detention Center officials on Wednesday identified the man who was arrested after bricks were thrown at Newton’s Law Enforcement Center on Tuesday afternoon.

Brent Allen Smith, 26, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, battery of a law enforcement officer, four counts of attempted criminal damage to property, one count of criminal damage to property and one count of disorderly conduct.

He is in the detention center awaiting a hearing. Because of the aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer offense, he cannot bond out, jail officials said.

Newton police Lt. Bryan Hall said Wednesday that the department did not have much new information on the case.

Smith was arrested Tuesday afternoon after the brick-throwing incident. Officers deployed a Taser to subdue the man throwing bricks.

“He really has nothing against the Newton Police Department or the Harvey County sheriff,” Hall said of Smith. “He has been dealing with a lot of stress lately.” Alcohol is suspected as a contributing factor in the incident, police said.

Hall said the department has been investigating Tuesday’s incident while going about business as usual on Wednesday.

“Our job continues,” he said. “We’re trying to deal with yesterday and today.”

Tuesday’s incident was caught on a surveillance camera in the Law Enforcement Center.

 

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