Inmate faces felony for spitting at officer

Report says suspect known to have Hepatitis C

PARAGOULD, Ark. – A woman is now accused of a felony charge of aggravated assault on a correctional facility employee after she allegedly spit in the face of a detention center employee. The suspect was said to have Hepatitis C.

The incident was reported at about 4:45 a.m. Monday morning at the Greene County Jail. Deputy Thomas Underwood was dispatched to the jail to meet with a female detention center officer, 48. The officer said the suspect, Jessica Leigh Owens, 31, of Marmaduke, was being disruptive in jail by banging her fist on the cell door.

Owens. Source: Vinelink

Eventually, officers moved to place the disruptive prisoner into a restraint chair. That’s when the report said she, “intentionally spit on,” the officer. The saliva entered the officer’s nose, she reported.

Owens is known to have Hepatitis C, the report states. The possible disease contamination netted Owens a felony charge of aggravated assault on a correctional facility employee.

Owens is still being held in the Greene County Jail as of Wednesday morning.




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