On Saturday October 19, 2019, Rochester Police Arrested Johnathan Morrill, age 36, of Rochester, on multiple charges, including assaulting two Officers, during an incident being investigated that night.
While investigating the incident, Officers learned Morrill had several active warrants, including a bail jumping warrant and three Electronic Bench Warrants, for his arrest. While attempting to take Morrill into custody regarding the active arrest warrants, Morrill ran from the Officers and then began to fight with the Officers after they caught up to him. During the altercation, Morrill continued to fight the Officers and also attempted to remove an Officers firearm from the holster, but was not able to do so. A Taser was used on Morrill and he was able to be taken into custody, however he continued to fight and tried to escape his handcuffs several times, successfully doing so once.
Morrill and two Rochester Police Officers were treated at Frisbie Memorial Hospital for minor injuries sustained during the altercation.
Morrill was transported to Stafford County Jail and was held without bail. He will be arraigned on Monday October 21, 2019 at 12:30 at Stafford County Superior Court.
Regarding his altercation with Police, Morrill is being charged with:
- Resisting Arrest/Detention x3 – Misdemeanor
- Simple Assault – Misdemeanor
- Escape – Felony
- Attempting to Take Gun from Law Enforcement – Felony
In addition to the above charges from Saturday, Morrill is also being charged from an incident May where he is being charged with Simple Assault and Criminal Mischief. In addition to those charges, Morrill had three active Electronic Bench Warrants (EBW’s) issued by the Court as well as an active Bail Jumping warrant.
The bail jumping charge stems from a Court hearing on March 4, 2019 that Morrill failed to appear for, resulting in a bench warrant being issued for his arrest.
Morrill was arrested on that EBW March 15, 2019 and was released. Morrill was later given a court date for July 8, 2019, which he also failed to appear for, resulting in another EBW.