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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

Andrew Sucher, 25, of Rock Falls, is shown here in Carroll County Court on Nov. 3.
Andrew Sucher, 25, of Rock Falls, is shown here in Carroll County Court on Nov. 3.

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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