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Gering man faces charges in 2 assault cases

January 19, 2019 GMT

Prosecutors have charged a Gering man in two cases in which he is accused of seriously assaulting people he had disagreements with.

In connection with a December incident, Jared Rutter has been charged with first-degree assault, a Class II felony, and use of a deadly weapon to commit assault, a Class II felony.

According to an arrest affidavit, Scottsbluff Police made contact with a man at the Regional West emergency room on Dec. 20 who had been assaulted. The man suffered abrasions to the face and had several teeth missing.

The man told police he had been in a small area of his garage, which he calls an office, sitting and working, when he felt someone grab him from his left side. He was forced out of the chair by a man and onto the floor, where he was struck several times with a hand tool and kicked repeatedly in the torso. The man said he was unable to fight back and unable to flee, as he is missing a leg. The man said he crawled to his home, waiting for his sister who came to the home to let the dog in. The sister told police she had found the man on the ground in the yard, laying on his front side.

Initially, the man told police he did not know who had injured him.

The officer went to the residence and in the garage he observed blood on the floor, a chair and a countertop. The officer found a metal pipe and needlenose pliers, both of which had blood. During that visit, a neighbor waved the officer down, telling police that he believed the man who had assaulted his neighbor had the last name of Rutter.

The man who had been injured later told the officer that he knew who had injured him, but that he had been afraid to tell police. The man told police that he had given Rutter money to purchase methamphetamine, believing he would be getting some of the product, but Rutter did not and the two men had a disagreement, according to the arrest affidavit.

Charges against Rutter were filed on Jan. 8 and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was arrested on Jan. 18 and appeared in Scotts Bluff County Court for arraignment Friday morning. Bond in the case was set at $250,000.

In a second case, Rutter is accused of assaulting a woman at Lake Minatare on July 24 and has been charged with terroristic threats, a Class IIIA felony, and second-degree assault, a Class IIA felony

According to an arrest affidavit, a Nebraska State Patrol investigator interviewed a woman on July 26 who alleged Rutter had assaulted her. The woman said she had been hanging out with Rutter, fishing and drinking, when at some point, he struck her across the left side of her face with a full beer bottle. The woman said she told him to take her back to town and she alleges he broke open a bottle of beer on the car, held it do her face, and threatened her, asking her if she wanted to die.

The woman told the investigators that Rutter’s “personality and actions seemed off and he was unpredictable.” The woman advised she believed he might have been on drugs.

A trooper also interviewed Rutter, who denied striking the woman.

Charges in that case were also filed on Jan. 8. Bond in that case has been set at $50,000.