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Man arrested after attempting to break into Newton home

James C. Ryther
James C. Ryther

A Newton man faces multiple charges after he attempted to break into a home and then resisted arrest by the Newton Police Department.

James C. Ryther, 48, of Newton, was charged with third-degree attempted burglary, assault causing bodily injury or mental illness, interference with official acts and fifth-degree criminal mischief April 1 after he allegedly attempted to break into a residence in the 800 block of First Street North.

According to the NPD, officers were dispatched at 12:22 a.m. about a burglary in progress. Police made contact with the victim, who had been hiding in the garage. The victim said she was in bed watching television when she heard a man pounding on the door demanding to be let into the home. The victim said she feared being assaulted if she had let the suspect in the house. Police observed a front porch window had been broken from the outside. The victim stated the window had not been broken prior to the incident and the screen door had been locked.

Police located the suspect, identified at Ryther, walking southbound on the sidewalk in the 800 block of First Street North. Ryther admitted to being at the residence before the police arrived. NPD placed him under arrest for attempted burglary. Ryther became upset and refused commands given to him by multiple officers. He began slamming his head against the hood of a police car, splitting his head open and causing a dent in the hood. Ryther then grabbed the arm of an NPD officer causing scratches on the forearm while being escorted to a police vehicle.

Ryther was taken to the Jasper County Jail and was released on bond.

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