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Enraged robbery suspect yanked from courtroom by guard

Posted: April 30, 2014 - 12:03am

A 21-year-old defendant accused of resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer became so heated during his arraignment on Tuesday that he had to be escorted from the courtroom by a court security officer.

The afternoon hearing was cut short when Kurtis Michael Detemple loudly huffed and glared at Assistant District Attorney Angie Kemp from across the room. Even when he was being led out, Detemple’s gaze was locked on Kemp and did not break. The security officer warned him to calm down as he was taken to a holding cell.

Kemp had requested a higher bail amount to keep Detemple behind bars. She told the judge the behavior he displayed in court is a continuation of what occurred the night before when he and Connor Andrew Edge, also 21, were arrested downtown at Marine Park.

Police said a 22-year-old man named Adam Jones reported being robbed and assaulted by Detemple and two others about 8:30 p.m. Monday night. He called 911 afterward and said he had just been choked and punched and that they stole his wallet, said Juneau Police Department spokeswoman Erann Kalwara.

Responding JPD officer James Dooley found Detemple in the vicinity of the robbery and attempted to detain him as a suspect. Detemple resisted “by force,” according to a police citation. Kemp said Dooley had to take him “to the ground,” then Detemple punched the 27-year-old rookie officer in the face.

Handed a copy of his police citation before his hearing in Juneau District Court, Detemple protested: “This is a lie!” he said. “I didn’t do any of this.”

Detemple said he was just standing across the street “watching my homie get arrested” when police approached him. He claims Officer Dooley threw him on the ground and “started beating my face.”

“That cop can s*** his ****, yo” Detemple told city attorney Tom Wagner loudly in court, one in a slew of profane statements he made before Judge Keith Levy entered the room.

“Man, should have ****ing bit off his face,” he said at one point before being removed.

Levy granted the state’s $1,500 bail request, citing concerns for the public’s safety. He set bail at $1,000 for Edge, who was accused of punching Jones. A police citation says Edge denied assaulting Jones, but officers saw blood on Edge’s boots. Police also observed blood on Jones’ nose where he said he had been hit, the citation states.

Edge is facing one count of fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor that can fetch up to one year in jail. Detemple is facing two misdemeanor charges: one for assaulting a police officer and the other for resisting arrest. No theft charges have been brought in connection to the stolen wallet or for robbery, which is a felony.

Police said they detained a third person in connection to the incident, but he or she was released after being cleared of any wrongdoing, Kalwara said.

The injured police officer was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital and released, the department said.

Alcohol was involved in the incident, police said.

Both defendants are slated to stand trial in July.

Court records show defendants Detemple and Edge have prior misdemeanor convictions, but no prior felonies.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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