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Lorain man accused of fighting with jailers


A man with a history of violence against police punched a detention officer in the face when they tried to restrain him in jail, according to police.

Alan Saunders, 24, of the 1800 block of Turner Boulevard, Lorain, was charged with assault on a police officer around 6 p.m. on Sunday at the Lorain City Jail.

Earlier on Sunday, Saunders, who's serving time in the jail on unrelated assault charges, began acting disruptive among other inmates, according to police. Officers took Saunders to a secluded cell to keep him away from other inmates but he fought back and threatened to urinate and defecate on the floor.

When officers tried to put Saunders in a restraint chair, he kicked the chair away and started to run before police tackled him, according to a police report.

Saunders managed to stand up and swung his fist at one of the detention officers, punching him in the left side of his face, police said. Saunders tried to run again but another officer stunned him with a Taser.

Saunders was taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center to have the Taser barbs removed. On the drive, he told officers he knew where several police officers lived and added "all I gotta do is plead insanity and I am good," according to the report.

This is the second time Saunders has been charged with assaulting a police officer. He was given the same charge in 2010, according to the report. He was also charged with felony assault in 2010 and convicted of separate assaults in 2011 and 2013.

Saunders was being held at Lorain City Jail on a $10,000 bond on Monday afternoon.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.

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