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Justin K. Tootle

A 35-year-old St. Joseph man faces a first-degree assault charge for what prosecutors said was an intentional attack with a vehicle.

Justin K. Tootle is accused of smashing his victim between two cars following a disturbance near the intersection of Faraon and 22nd streets. The victim suffered serious injuries, St. Joseph police said.

The victim, described as a man in his mid-30s, was transported to Mosaic Life Care at about 11 p.m. on April 9. Police said at the time that the suspect drove away in his vehicle, but a warrant was issued April 12 for his arrest.

Tootle will have a video arraignment at 9 a.m. Friday, May 11, before Buchanan County Associated Circuit Judge Keith Marquart. The judge set Tootle’s bond at $10,000 cash and a $15,000 surety bond.

The defendant remains confined in the Buchanan County Jail in lieu of posting bail. If convicted, Tootle will have to serve 85 percent of any prison sentence before he’s eligible for parole.

Marshall White can be reached at marshall.white@newspressnow.com. Follow him on Twitter: @SJNPWhite.

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