By NOREEN HYSLOP
A rural Bloomfield man is in the Stoddard County Jail under a $25,000 cash only bond after an assault against family members and law enforcement officers.
Robert Dale Chism is charged with the Class B felony of first degree assault with a gun and the Class A misdemeanor of third degree assault on a law enforcement officer. Additional charges, officials said, are pending.
Information contained in an affidavit obtained Friday reveal that Chism, 44, was placed under arrest in the early morning hours of Friday after resisting arrest and attacking officers who were summoned to the Chism residence on County Rd. 237 in response to an assault in progress.
According to the affidavit, Cpl. Travis Stafford of the Stoddard County Sheriff's Dept. arrived on the scene moments after midnight and was advised Chism had left his residence in a red truck and had driven into a field behind the home. Chism, Stafford was told, was armed with a handgun.
"I located the truck and I activated my emergency equipment, and attempted to stop it," Stafford reported in the affidavit. "After chasing it across a field, it stopped near the residence."
Stafford next exited his patrol unit and approached the truck, but Chism attempted to leave once again.
At that point, Stafford reached into the window of the truck and "grabbed" Chism, who then reportedly began to fight back.
Bloomfield Asst. Police Chief Daniel Dew also reported to the scene. During the ensuing scuffle to bring Chism under control, Dew was reportedly punched in the face by Chism, and Stafford was kicked numerous times and "head-butted" in the chest by Chism.
"After placing him (Chism) in my patrol vehicle," Stafford stated, "he continued to scream and attempted to break the rear windows out of the patrol vehicle."
Stafford was advised on the scene that Chism had assaulted two family members prior to the officers' arrival. Bruising on both of those alleged victims was evident, the report stated. One of the victims, Stafford was told once Chism was placed in the patrol unit, had been dragged, punched numerous times, and threatened with a handgun.
"She (the victim) stated she was on the ground outside and (Chism) was telling her he was going to kill her with the gun he had."
At that point, a friend of the victim ran to a neighbor's residence to call for help, the report stated.
Chism also reportedly fired a handgun several times during the assault of the two family members. No one was hit by the shots.
Chism remains in the Stoddard County Jail and is scheduled to appear for an arraignment hearing on Thursday, Jan. 10.