Officer injured while making arrrest
Two New London men are accused of fighting with a pregnant woman.
Jack J. Linberg, 20, and Christopher A. Bowman, 24, are both charged with disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property.
Linberg is also charged with causing injury to an officer while resisting and misdemeanor bail jumping.
On Sunday, Sept. 20, New London Police Officer Ben Schmidt was dispatched to the 1000 block of Beckert Road in response to a fight in progress. The caller reported that two men were yelling at a pregnant woman.
When he arrived, Schmidt spoke with a man who said Linberg and Bowman had damaged his pickup truck, The driver’s side door was scratched, there was damage to the cab and it appeared that someone had thrown a can of beer at the truck.
The man told Schmidt that Linberg and Bowman are related to his girlfriend and they accused him of cheating on her. They yelled for him to come out of the house and when he refused, they began damaging his truck.
The man’s girlfriend, who is pregnant, went outside and asked Linberg and Bowman to stop. They allegedly responded by yelling at her and calling her names. She told police that Linberg threatened her.
Sgt. Earl Ruckdashel was also dispatched to the disturbance. As he arrived at the scene, he saw Linberg and Bowman walking away.
Ruckdashel approached them. He noted that they appeared intoxicated.
When Ruckdashel asked Linberg and Bowman about the incident, he was told they had received threatening messages on Facebook from the man who lived on Beckert Road, so they confronted him about it.
According to the criminal complaint, Linberg began walking away from Ruckdashel. When the officer told him to come back, Linberg reportedly took off running.
Ruckdashel chased Linberg and tackled him. As the two fell to the ground, they hit a tree. Ruckdashel’s face was cut and scraped.
About two weeks earlier, Linberg was charged with negligent handling of a weapon, disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on a $1,000 signature bond.