WILLIAMSON COUNTY, ILLINOIS (NewsFirst) — Pretrial Release Violator Commits Aggravated Battery To A Peace Officer

Williamson County, Illinois – On February 11, 2024, at 1234 hours, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to the report of a female, armed with a knife, beating on the door of a residence in the 300 block of East Jefferson Street in Creal Springs.

Upon arrival, Deputies observed multiple people on the porch including a female, identified as Jessica N. Ford. Ford had a knife on the ground near her feet and was partially concealing an 18” pipe under her dress.

Ford appeared agitated and exhibited signs of impairment. Deputies attempted to deescalate the situation by successfully removing the knife from the porch.

It was discovered that Ford had come to the residence, appeared agitated, began striking the front door, and was observed holding a knife. The residents stated they were afraid, locked Ford out of the house, and called 911.

Further investigation discovered Ford had recently been released from the Williamson County Jail and the residence was a protected address as a condition of her pretrial release for a previous charge of Domestic Battery.

Deputies informed Ford she was under arrest for violation of conditions of pretrial release and ordered her to release the metal pipe and exit the residence’s porch.

Ford refused and began shouting as she backed away from Deputies.

Deputies ordered Ford multiple times to release the pipe and she refused at which point she drew the pipe from under her dress with her left hand and raised it above her head.

Deputies drew a Taser and again ordered Ford to release the pipe, to which she did not comply and the Taser was deployed striking Ford in the lower abdomen and left thigh.

After a brief scuffle as Ford continued to resist Deputies she was taken into custody.

Ford continued to resist Deputies as she was escorted to a patrol vehicle.

Ford was arrested and cited for:

Aggravated Battery To A Peace Officer

Resisting Or Obstructing A Peace Officer

Violation Of Conditions Of Pretrial Release

Ford was transported to and remanded into the custody of the Williamson County Jail.

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