Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Judge sets bail at just $1,000 for man accused of seriously injuring Trump Hotel guard

Craig Echols is accused of battering two security guards at the Trump International Hotel & Tower. | CPD; Trump 
A man who seriously injured a Trump International Hotel & Tower security guard on Friday will be able to go free by posting a bail deposit of just $100 even though he was accused in November of beating a woman with a metal baseball bat.

Police said two hotel security guards—ages 61 and 26—intervened after 23-year-old Craig Echols began smoking in the lobby, damaging furniture, and drawing on a pillar with a permanent marker around 2:30 p.m. on March 15th. Echols then battered both guards, causing the older one to fall and suffer a broken finger, torn ligaments in his right knee, a fractured cheekbone, and facial trauma that required 17 stitches to close, according to court records.

Damage to the hotel lobby was estimated at $2,500.

Prosecutors charged Echols with two felony counts of aggravated battery of a peace officer, felony aggravated battery of a victim over age 60, and felony criminal damage to property. Judge Stephanie Miller set bail at $1,000 and ordered Echols to remain on electronic monitoring. He can go free by posting 10% of his bail amount.

Echols received the lenient bail terms despite skipping court dates after he was accused of beating a 39-year-old woman with a baseball bat in November, according to county records.

Police responded to Echols’ apartment building on Nov. 26th to handle a “battery-in-progress” call. Cops approached the apartment where the incident was reportedly unfolding and announced their presence.

At that point, a woman emerged from the apartment carrying a bloody baseball bat. Her face and head were covered with blood, cuts, and contusions, police said. The woman reported that Echols had beaten her with the bat. Echols—whose hands were bloody, according to police—countered that the woman swung the bat at him, so he disarmed her and struck her with it in self-defense.

The woman also alleged that Echols choked her about a week before the alleged bat incident, causing pain in her neck.

Echols was arrested, but the woman did not cooperate with prosecutors in the preparation of felony charges, police said. As a result, the state only charged Echols with two counts of misdemeanor battery and misdemeanor theft.

The woman’s lack of cooperation led the state to drop all charges against Echols on Jan. 17th.
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