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Man Accused of Attacking Police Officer in Fort Lauderdale

Marcelas Jones, 29, arrested on multiple charges Thursday

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A man is facing charges after authorities say he attacked a police officer in Fort Lauderdale.

Marcelas Jones, 29, was arrested Thursday on charges including aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence, resisting an officer without violence, and leaving the scene of a crash involving damage to property, Broward County jail records showed.

According to an arrest report, the officer had responded to a crash in the 2800 block of Northwest 19th Street and was told by a service aide that Jones had walked away from the crash.

The officer found Jones three blocks away and tried to detain him but he refused to listen to commands and resisted arrest, the report said.

Jones tried to punch the officer and scratched the officer's face, then grabbed the officer's throat, the report said.

The incident was recorded on a cell phone by a Fort Lauderdale mom, who was sitting in traffic with her two young kids while the scene unfolded.

"It was actually disturbing, the fact that the kid were able to see it as well," she said.

Two service aides and a police sergeant were finally able to help the officer detain Jones, the report said.

During a court appearance Friday, Jones' public defender requested a low bond, saying Jones is currently homeless and lives in his car.

Judge Corey Amanda Cawthon set the bond at more than $25,000.

"We're dealing with some very serious allegations here," Cawthon said.

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