Independence County woman tries to escape custody several times during arrest

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An Independence County woman who asked to speak to law enforcement about “a recording” she had eventually ended up behind bars. And during the process, she made several attempts to escape during her arrest.

In Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Zach Spohr’s incident report, the deputy said he knew Melissa Janette Cross, 47, from previous encounters. The report also noted Cross had an outstanding arrest warrant.

When Spohr told Cross to turn around and place her hands behind her back to be cuffed so he could take her into custody on the outstanding warrant, she resisted and ran into her residence, according to the report. The deputy caught Cross and was then able to put her into cuffs. It took Spohr and another deputy, Bobby Tate, to get her into the patrol vehicle without causing injury to her, according to the report.

Once at the Independence County Detention Facility, Cross again broke free from a matron’s grip and ran. Spohr again caught her and took her back into the jail, according to the incident report.

Cross was issued two citations: fleeing on foot and resisting arrest. She was also served with her outstanding warrant and given court dates for the citations and warrant.

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