Jailer assault charges dropped

Published 9:45am Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Freeborn County Attorney’s Office last week dismissed charges against a Freeborn County jail inmate who was accused of assaulting two jailers in June.

Pouch Philip Ruach, 29, was deported from the country to Sudan, according to information given by Jail Administrator Steve Westland to Assistant Freeborn County Attorney David Walker.

Ruach reportedly got into an argument with the Freeborn County sheriff’s deputies after he approached one of them and yelled at him about some items that had been taken from his cell, according to court documents.

Pouch Ruach
Pouch Ruach

Reports stated Ruach apparently saw the items somewhere else in the jail and grabbed them, but when asked by a deputy to return them, he refused to do so.

Court documents alleged Ruach reportedly twice squared off as though he were going to strike the deputy, and as two deputies attempted to handcuff him, they fell to the floor with Ruach, where he allegedly bit the thumbs of both. One of the deputies suffered an ankle injury.

According to reports, the skin of one of the deputies was punctured near the thumb, and both had indentations from Ruach’s teeth.

Ruach was previously convicted in 2009 of an armed robbery of the Front Street Kwik Trip gas station. The robbery took place on Aug. 21, 2008.