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John Adam Falcon

The Newton County Sheriff’s Department has announced that a man has now been officially charged following the weekend assault of a constable which left him injured.

According to Sheriff Billy Rowles’ office, 34-year-old John Adam Falcon, believed to be from Sabine Parish in Louisiana, was arraigned by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Brenda Smith on Wednesday and he remains jailed under a $250,000.00 bond on a charge of aggravated assault on a peace officer.

The incident happened on Sunday. Newton County Chief Deputy Cynthia Hall said that Precinct 3 Constable Holton “Bubba” Johnson, who serves in the Burkeville area, was attending services at Toledo Bend Baptist Church when someone noticed a suspicious man sitting in a car on the church parking lot. Hall said Johnson went outside to check on the man and immediately noticed that he had a handgun sitting on his lap.

Hall said Johnson tried to take his gun, but the man took off in the car and dragged Johnson for a distance. Hall said Johnson had several injuries, the most serious of which being to his face. Johnson underwent medical treatment and was later released.

Meanwhile, deputies searched for Falcon for the rest of the day and night, but were unable to locate him. He turned himself in on Monday and has remained in the Newton County Jail ever since.

Rowles and Hall say they fear what may have happened if Johnson had not confronted the armed man. Hall later said “Thanks to Bubba’s fast actions, he may have prevented a more serious crime. Please remember Bubba in your prayers”.


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