Pre-Trial date set for suspect in 2020 battery of officer at hospital
ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - A Pre-Trial date has been set for April 22, 2021, for Johnathan Rhodes.
Rhodes was arraigned on January 22 and entered a plea of “not guilty” for one count of second-degree battery of a police officer and one count of resisting with force or violence.
His charges stem from a June 2020 incident outside Rapides Regional Medical Center in which an Alexandria Police officer, Cpl. Adam Dupuy, was hit multiple times and knocked unconscious.
According to the police department, the incident happened after Dupuy observed a group of people in a vehicle near the hospital entrance playing loud music. Police said Dupuy requested that they turn down the music. The group initially complied, however when the Dupuy left the area, they resumed playing loud music. Dupuy returned and instructed them to leave the property or face possible arrest.
A short time later, Dupuy observed the suspects back on hospital property at the entrance to the emergency room. At that time, the investigators said he advised the suspects they were being arrested for remaining after forbidden.
A body camera video, released by the City of Alexandria in July 2020, shows Dupuy handcuffing one suspect and then a struggle ensue when he tried to arrest Rhodes.
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