A team of police officers is being “spotlighted” for outstanding actions in late July resulting in the arrest of a man on multiple violent charges including battery on a police officer and attempted rape.
Marion Police reported that in the early morning hours of July 21st, 2022, Officers Joe Biddle and David Bennett responded to a 9−1−1 call of a 17-year-old girl being attacked in a home on east 32nd St. Upon arrival, the offender identified as Zachary Tyler Case attempted to flee. The two officers caught up to Case and attempted to apprehend him. Case resisted arrest, began to punch Ofc. Biddle multiple times in the face and, while the fight ensued, tried to steal the firearm from Biddle’s holster. Sergeant Bryan Ridgway and K9 Officer “Kurt” then arrived to the scene, and the team successfully apprehended the perpetrator.
Ofc. Biddle was treated for nonlife-threatening injuries and released from Marion Health.
Case was treated at Marion Health and sent to the Grant County Jail on several felony charges including burglary, attempted rape, and battery on a police officer.
Police Chief Angela Haley commended the team effort. “Officer Biddle gave chase and had caught up with a violent offender who even tried to take his gun to use against him. Biddle used his training and the work he puts in on his own time to stay mentally and physically fit to fight off the attack. The team of four took the suspect into custody. These officers acted without giving the first thought about their own personal safety to stop an attack on innocent residents of our community.”
Ofc. Bennett has served with MPD since 1995, Sgt. Ridgway since 2006, Ofc. Biddle since 2016, and K9 police dog “Kurt” has been serving since 2015.