Center vandalized

Suspect arrested for breaking window at community facility

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Two police officers were injured Tuesday while attempting to arrest a man suspected of vandalizing The Center of Craig.

One officer suffered scrapes on his hand and an injury to his knuckle, said Craig Police Capt. Jerry DeLong. DeLong declined to name the officer. DeLong said he did not know the nature of the injuries to the other officer.

Police were dispatched to the historic building after a 911 caller reported that a man broke a window in the alley. A pottery class was taking place in the basement of the Center of Craig at the time of the incident, DeLong said.

When police arrived, Jeremy Bays, 24, and another man were standing at the scene. After speaking with witnesses, police arrested Bays.

Bays resisted arrest and assaulted an officer, DeLong said.

The suspect also broke out a window in a police vehicle after he was arrested, DeLong said. Bays allegedly used his head to break the side window of the vehicle shortly after officers loaded him for transport to the jail.

Bays was booked on charges of misdemeanor criminal mischief, felony criminal mischief, resisting arrest and second-degree assault.

The felony criminal mischief charge is related to the police vehicle damage, which was in excess of $500, DeLong said.

DeLong said police suspect Bays vandalized the Center of Craig because he was angry. DeLong declined to comment about why police believed Bays was angry.

"It wasn't just for fun," DeLong said. "He was not angry at the city or anything; just angry."

Police do not know what was used to break the window, DeLong said.

Formal charges will be referred to the District Attorney's office.

Jeremy Browning can be reached at 824-7031 or jbrowning@craigdailypress.com

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