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Jailed man accused of beating DCFS worker hits deputy, record shows

Additional felony charge for Andrew Sucher; bond increased to $275,000

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, court records show.

Andrew Sucher, 25, of Rock Falls, was being moved to another cell in the Carroll County Jail around 3:40 p.m. Dec. 19 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; Friday, $75,000 was added to his $200,00 bond.

A preliminary hearing in that case will be held Jan. 5.

His public defender, Colleen M. Buckwalter, filed a motion Dec. 18 seeking a mental evaluation. A hearing on the status of that motion will be heard at the same time.

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.

​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.

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