Warren man faces assault charges

A Warren man faces aggravated assault charges following an incident that occurred on Friday, Dec. 8.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, James Curtis Ecklund, 45, of Warren, was arrested on Friday after police were dispatched to Russell Street in the city around 7:45 p.m. for a report of an intoxicated man walking in the road.

Upon encountering Ecklund, police said, he was unable to maintain his balance and smelled of alcohol. He was taken into custody for his safety, according to the affidavit, shortly after 8 p.m. After being searched prior to his arrest, police say, a small coin purse containing six grams of marijuana and a pipe for smoking controlled substances was found on his person.

The person who called to report Ecklund told police that Ecklund told him “I’m going to kill you,” according to the affidavit, and after being transported to Warren General Hospital to be medically cleared, police said, Ecklund attempted to kick the arresting officer in the face, and “yelled obscenities, alarming and annoying nearby patients and staff members.”

He also told the arresting officer that he was “going to kill (him) and eat (his) heart and liver.”

Ecklund is charged with aggravated assault — a second-degree felony — as well as two counts of terroristic threats, one count of simple assault, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, harassment, and disorderly conduct. He is being held in the Warren County Jail on $15,000 bail and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing pm Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 10 a.m., according to online court documents.