Morris resident Quintin Isaiah Bianco, 27, has been charged in 8th Judicial District Court with 1 felony count of assaulting a peace officer with demonstrable bodily harm, and 1 gross misdemeanor count of assaulting a peace officer in a September 5 incident in Morris.

According to the criminal complaint, three officers had responded to a home on Imperial Drive with a report of a suicidal male, later identified as Bianco. Officers were going to transport him to SCMC for a medical evaluation and placed him uncuffed in an officer’s vehicle. Bianco started banging his head against the squad car cage, saying he wanted to go to jail, not the hospital. In their efforts to calm the suspect down, he lashed out at the officers, striking Specialist Shane Nelson in the midsection, thigh, forehead and cheekbone, producing blood on the defendant’s hand. Sheriff’s officers arrived and got the defendant transported to SCMC with restraints.

Nelson suffered abrasion and redness near the left eye, redness on the eyeball, pain and severe headache after the assault. The defendant was arrested after being evaluated and cleared on September 6 by SCMC. Bianco’s next court appearance is September 17. He could receive up to 3 years in prison and/or a $6,000 fine for the felony charge; and 1 year in jail and/or a $3,000 fine for the gross misdemeanor charge.

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