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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Suspect allegedly pulls knife on officer

  • A man has been charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer after he allegedly pulled a knife on a Leavenworth police officer over the weekend, according to prosecution and police officials.
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  • A man has been charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer after he allegedly pulled a knife on a Leavenworth police officer over the weekend, according to prosecution and police officials.
    Harold Snell III, 34, appeared Monday in Leavenworth County District Court and was advised of the charges against him.
    He's charged with aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer, possession of methamphetamine and obstruction of a legal process.
    The crimes are alleged to have occurred Saturday. Leavenworth Deputy Police Chief Dan Nicodemus said an officer had located Snell in the 1200 block of Olive Street. The officer believed Snell had existing warrants through Leavenworth Municipal Court and Leavenworth County District Court.
    Snell went into a residence. The officer was waiting for someone else to arrive as backup when Snell reportedly ran out the back door.
    "The officer gave chase on foot," Nicodemus said.
    Nicodemus said the officer chased Snell through several yards and over fences. He said the officer eventually caught the suspect.
    The officer, who's identified in a court document as Steve Brandau, was trying to subdue Snell when the suspect allegedly pulled a knife. The officer was able to subdue Snell but suffered a cut to his right hand and had to have stitches, according to Nicodemus.
    Nicodemus said suspected methamphetamine was found on Snell as he was searched.
    Appearing in court Monday, Snell requested a court-appointed attorney. He is next scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.
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