MOUNT CARROLL – The man accused in the near-fatal beating of a DCFS worker now has another felony charge under his belt, for punching a Carroll County's chief deputy in the face.
Andrew Sucher, 25, of Rock Falls, who has a hearing this morning on his request for a mental evaluation, was being moved to another cell in the Carroll County Jail around 3:40 p.m. Tuesday when he became "verbally combative" and smacked Chief Deputy Craig Dimmick on the left side of his face, Dimmick said in a probable cause affidavit filed Thursday in Carroll County Court.
Sucher did so in the presence of five other uniformed officers, the affidavit said
He is charged with aggravated battery of a peace officer, which carries 3 to 7 years in prison. A hearing has not yet been set.
That charge comes on top of the three felony counts for which he's already being held on $200,00 bond.
Sucher was indicted Dec. 7 and pleaded not guilty Dec. 8 to attempted first-degree murder, which carries at least 6 to 30 years in prison, aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, and aggravated battery of a state employee, each of which carries 2 to 5 years in prison.
In that case, he's accused of kicking Pam Knight in the head so severely on Sept. 29 that he fractured the 59-year-old's skull and left her in a coma.
Knight, of Dixon, worked out of the Sterling Department of Children and Family Services office. She is recovering at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
His public defender, Colleen M. Buckwalter, filed a motion Monday seeking the evaluation; a hearing on the request begins at 10:30 this morning.
Sucher also has pleaded not guilty in Whiteside County to aggravated battery of a child, which carries 2 to 5 years in prison, and battery, domestic battery, and interfering with the reporting of a domestic battery, all misdemeanors.
He is accused of dragging a 6-year-old by the foot and striking him in the face with a squirt gun, and of throwing a woman against a wall and taking her phone in a July 29 incident.
He was out on bond in that case when Knight was attacked at his Sucher's parents' Milledgeville home, where she had arrived to take a 2-year-old boy into protective custody as a result of the Whiteside charges.
That case is on hold while the Carroll County case proceeds.
Follow Pam's progress
According to a post established Thursday at caringbridge.com, posted by her daughter, Jennifer Hollenbeck, to update people on her condition:
"It's been almost 2 weeks since Pam's return to rehab after a short hospital stay following cranioplasty (replacing the section of bone in her skull that was removed to elevate pressure the night of her injury) surgery.
"It was the hope of Pam's treatment team that choosing to do the cranioplasty sooner rather than later would help jump start her recovery. This is with the understanding that Pam's prognosis for recovery includes very likely severe disability.
"Pam is opening her eyes more often than prior to the last surgery. She sometimes tracks people or objects with her eyes. Her next goal will be to respond more consistently. Please keep Pam in your thoughts and prayers."