A St Paul man was charged on Thursday with assaulting a police officer who fell on the road from a moving truck earlier this month.
Damon Gregory Ivory, 38, was charged with fourth-degree assault by warrant in Ramsey County District Court.
According to the criminal complaint, St. Paul officers responded to Case Avenue and Arcade Street in the Payne-Phallen neighborhood on September 2 to a report of a man harassing people.
Witnesses told police that Ivory asked a woman for money and then followed her. The St. Paul police officer, identified in the complaint as Officer Boon, contacted Ivory, who began running north over the arcade. Another officer identified in the complaint as Officer Morgan followed.
The complaint said Ivory jumped into the bed of a white pickup truck, which had offered to help him escape.
Officer Morgan attempted to capture Ivory, who clenched a fist and hit Morgan in the head. The truck was moving at the time and Morgan was caught, unable to free as the truck picked up speed.
Morgan eventually fell off the side of the truck, hit the sidewalk and rolled over several times. He suffered abrasions and extensive damage to his uniform and was hit on the head by punches. The incident was captured in surveillance video.
The complaint said that on September 4, officers noticed a man wearing the same red dress that Ivory had previously worn. Both officers identified him as the same person.
Ivory denied any involvement in the attack.
As of Thursday afternoon, Ivory was not in custody. According to the Ramsey County Jail, his hold expired on Monday before officers were able to provide probable cause for being charged.
Ivory has an extensive criminal record since 2002. The convictions include dacoity, theft, assault, escaping from the police, car theft, brawling, drug possession, damage to property and domestic assault.
This is not the first time he has assaulted a police officer.
He cut off an officer’s hand while he was arrested for possessing drugs after harassing people on a subway transit bus in St. Paul in 2016. The charge was dropped in a plea deal.
Ivory was convicted on March 20, 2017 by Ramsey County District Judge Nicole J. Starr was released by order – 154 days – and was placed on supervised release for two years.
In 2020 he was convicted of felony robbery for holding a Metro PCS store in St. Paul on December 29, 2019. The employee, who believed there was a gun in Ivory’s coat, wrote 911 “Help Gun on Me 825 Maryland Quickly”.
Police arrived, and when they went to arrest Ivory, she protested violently, kicking one of the officers in the nose, leaving him bleeding. He was accused of assaulting a police officer, a charge that was dismissed as part of the plea deal.
Ivory was released on August 7, 2020 by order of Ramsey County District Judge Joy D. Bartsher, which served a time – 195 days – and a suspended sentence of 10 years (meaning that if he continues under his supervision). violates the conditions, he will serve those 10 years). That case has been reopened.
A warrant has been issued for his arrest.