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Officials charge Farmington man in Bailey’s burglary

FARMINGTON – A Farmington man has been charged in connection with the burglary that occurred at Bailey’s Pub and Grill last week.

John E. Hotz III, 44, was charged Wednesday with felony second-degree burglary, first-degree property damage and second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer.

He is being held in the St. Francois County Jail on a $125,000 bond.

According to court records, Farmington officers were dispatched to a burglar alarm sounding at Bailey’s Pub and Grill just after 2 a.m. Aug. 4.

When Patrolman Lindell Barton and Sgt. Clif Bone arrived, they noticed an open door at the rear of the business. The door had been damaged when it was pried open.

Moments later, they saw Hotz walk out of the building toward them. Hotz was carrying a cash register and a tire iron in his right hand.

Both officers ordered him to drop the weapon and get on the ground but he refused and continued to walk toward the officers.

Barton reported that Hotz threw down the cash register and began to move forward as if to attack Sgt. Bone with the tire iron. Barton discharged his weapon, striking him in the right side.

Hotz dropped the tire iron and took off running into a field. Both officers chased him on foot until he fell to the ground.

When the officers were handcuffing him, they noticed that he was bleeding. Hotz told officers he had been shot in the arm.

While paramedics were tending to him, the officers found a face mask and a cloth hat in his pocket.

The owner told officers that Hotz lived behind the building, which is on U.S. 67, and had been seen walking around the business the night before.

Hotz was treated at a local hospital and then taken to a hospital in St. Louis for further treatment.

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