Ames police officer reportedly knocked unconscious after suspect’s headbutt

An Ames Police Department officer was reportedly knocked unconscious this week after a domestic assault suspect headbutted him.

According to Ames Police Commander Jason Tuttle, officers responded to a home in the 200 block of Campus Avenue on Tuesday afternoon on a report of a disturbance. That’s where they identified the suspect, 19-year-old Aleo Bellai of Ames. “At 3:27 p.m., we responded to a domestic call at [Bellai’s] residence,” Tuttle said. “The victim said [Bellai] was destroying the home and had put his hands on her.”

Tuttle stated that the female suspect reported physical injuries, including “cuts and scrapes to her right side from the defendant scraping his foot on her after knocking her to the ground.”

As an attempt was made to lead Bellai outside the home, he reportedly assaulted one of the officers, Patrick O’Bryan, leaving him unconscious. “The officer put [Bellai] in handcuffs and was trying to walk him out,” Tuttle stated. “[Bellai] head-butted one of the officers, which caused our officer to lose consciousness. He then kicked one of our other female officers as she was trying to come to his assistance.”

Eventually, Bellai was subdued and taken to Mary Greeley Medical Center for treatment. He was later arrested and transported to the Story County Jail in Nevada. He faces the following criminal charges:

  • Assault on a Police Officer – Bodily Injury, an aggravated misdemeanor
  • Assault on a Police Officer, a serious misdemeanor
  • Domestic Assault with Injury, a serious misdemeanor
  • Interference with Official Acts – Bodily Injury, a serious misdemeanor
Aleo Bellai, 19, of Ames faces claims of assault on a female and two police officers. (Photo: Story County Jail)

O’Bryan was also transported to the hospital for treatment. Tuttle noted that he returned to work Thursday after missing time due to the assault.

According to online records, Bellai is scheduled for an initial court appearance Monday, November 29 at 1:00 p.m. He is being held on a $10,000 bond.

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