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Police identify man accused of hitting cars, assaulting officer in downtown Elmhurst

ELMHURST – Elmhurst police have identified a man who struck several cars on York Street in downtown Elmhurst and assaulted an officer while fleeing from the scene of a domestic battery Tuesday, according to an email from Police Chief Michael Ruth.

Anthony Joyner, 33, of the 200 block of Old Mill Court, Atlanta, Ga., is being held on $40,000 bond at DuPage County Jail.

The incident began when police received a call from a woman who said she had been stabbed by a man, later determined to be her boyfriend, Joyner, at 3:50 p.m.

The woman told the 911 dispatcher he was trying to kill her and she locked herself in the bathroom of her hotel room at Springfield Suites in the 400 block of Lake Street, Ruth said.

While responding to the scene, police witnessed the Joyner's vehicle traveling southbound on York Street approaching North Avenue at a high rate of speed. Police officers assigned to the central downtown district converged into the area and saw the suspect driving in the middle of York Street traffic which was stopped in both directions, Ruth said.

The fleeing vehicle struck eight cars. The driver of one of the damaged vehicles was transported to Elmhurst Memorial Hospital by paramedics. Ruth did not have information as to the injured driver's condition.

After Joyner struck an unmarked police car near York and Third streets, he fled on foot, leaving his car in gear. An officer stopped the driverless vehicle before it caused more damage or injury and another officer pursued the boyfriend on foot across the Elmhurst City Hall parking lot, Ruth said.

While trying to climb a wooden fence in the east alley of York Street, Joyner broke a board off of the fence.
"He turns around, and he assaults the officer," Ruth said.

The officer was not injured, but Joyner held the three 1/2 foot board with exposed nails and threatened to strike the officer following him before he was finally taken into custody.

Ongoing investigation has revealed the woman had been struck in the face by Joyner, but not stabbed as she told the police dispatcher, Ruth said. She was also found to be in possession of numerous fictitious identification and credit cards under several names. She was charged with two counts of misdemeanor attempted possession of a fictitious driver's license and released on an individual recognizance bond.

Joyner also has several fictitious state identification cards with different names and the vehicle he was driving was rented from Savannah, Ga. under another name.

Police needed to take his fingerprints in order to identify him.

Joyner was charged with two counts of felony unlawful possession of a fraudulent driver's license, leaving the scene of an accident and not having a valid driver's license as well as misdemeanors for aggravated assault against a police officer, domestic battery, fleeing and eluding police and attempting to obstruct justice.

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