Nacogdoches County grand jury indicts TN man who allegedly punched jailer

Nacogdoches County grand jury indicts TN man who allegedly punched jailer
Robert Dotson (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)
Robert Dotson (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)
Deronald Norris (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)
Deronald Norris (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches County grand jury has indicted a Tennessee man who allegedly punched a jailer in the face during his intake procedure and tried to escape on Aug. 10.

East Texas News obtained a list of the grand jury indictments Thursday.

Robert Dotson, 40, of Springfield Tennessee, was indicted on a third-degree felony assault of a public servant charge. He was also charged with Class C misdemeanor public intoxication. Dotson's bail amount was set at $20,000, and he has since been released from the jail.

The Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office posted a video of the alleged assault on its Facebook page.

"I do not like releasing videos out on criminal cases that are pending, however I feel compelled to show our citizens what our officers and jailers deal with on a weekly basis," Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges said in the NCSO Facebook post. "This suspect was brought into the Nacogdoches County Jail on a public intoxication charge."

Bridges said the video shows that Dotson, who had been arrested by the Nacogdoches Police Department on a public intoxication charge, showed no aggression toward the jail staff, and he was cooperating with the pre-booking at first.

"However his attitude quickly changed with no warning and he hit the jailer without any warning and then attempted to escape," Bridges said in the Facebook post.

The arrest affidavit stated that Dotson punched the jailer in the right eye area, "causing pain." At that point, Dotson tried to run out of the jail, the video shows. It also shows him acting aggressively toward the jailer before the jailer appears to pepper-spray him in the face.

The grand jury also indicted Deronald Cordevrian Norris, 29, of Nacogdoches, on a first-degree aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge in connection to allegations that he stabbed and cut his uncle at a home in the 1400 block of Shawnee Street on June 28.

According to the arrest affidavit, a Nacogdoches PD officer was dispatched out to a home in the 1400 block of Shawnee Street on June 28 in reference to an assault that had just occurred. When the NPD officer got to the scene, he talked to the victim, who had multiple stab wounds and cuts on his head and body.

The alleged victim told the officer that Norris, who is his nephew, came into his room while he was sleeping and began cutting and stabbing him with a knife, the affidavit stated. At that point, Norris allegedly fled the home wearing only shorts.

NPD officers searched the area for Norris, but they couldn't find him. However, about an hour later, Norris showed up at a Nacogdoches emergency room with a cut to his right hand.

According to the affidavit, Nacogdoches PD officers noticed that Norris was only wearing a pair of shorts that were covered in blood.

Norris was arrested and taken to the county jail.

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