Police: Man Threw Chair, Lamp At Bail Agents

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Joseph Smalley faces charges of first-degree assault, third-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and risk of injury to a minor. (Courtesy of Vernon Police Department)

VERNON — A 46-year-old man threw a chair, a lamp and a 2-by-4 at bail agents who were trying to take him into custody early Monday morning, police said.

The agents looking for Joseph Smalley arrived at his 98 Davis Drive Extension residence shortly before 1 a.m., said Vernon Police Lt. Bill Meier. Smalley had four outstanding warrants for failure to appear in court.

The agents saw Smalley inside the house, but he ran to his basement, where there were children, Meier said. The agents found him hiding there, and Smalley threw a number of items at the agents, who then used pepper spray in an attempt to subdue him, Meier said.

Smalley then ran to his kitchen, grabbed a knife and tried to stab the three agents, Meier said. The agents drew their firearms and were able to subdue him in the driveway, Meier said.

Vernon police arrived and took him into custody.

Smalley now faces charges of first-degree assault, third-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and risk of injury to a minor.

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