Buchanan County Prosecuting Attorney Ronald R. Holliday today announces that his office has filed a formal criminal charge of Domestic Assault against a St. Joseph Police Officer in reference to an incident reported to police on September 8, 2019.
Ron T. Strader, was charged with the Class A Misdemeanor of Domestic Assault in the 4th degree. On 9-8-19 at approximately 12:40 p.m. officers responded to a private residence in reference to a domestic disturbance involving the officer. Upon investigating the incident Officer Ron Strader (17 year veteran) was identified as the suspect. Subsequently, Officer Strader was arrested and processed. The case was submitted to the Buchanan County Prosecutor for consideration of charges on 9-9-19. Officer Strader was charged with 4th Degree Domestic Assault and remains in custody at this time.
The probable cause statement filed with the case indicates that according to witness statements the victim (A.P.) was dragged by the defendant causing visible injuries to her nose, knees, and elbows. The charge filed alleges that the defendant recklessly caused physical injury to the victim by restraining her with his arms.
Officer Strader has been relieved of all police authority pending the outcome of the criminal process, and internal investigation.
Prosecuting Attorney Ron Holliday stated that the incident was handled professionally and efficiently by the Police Department. “As soon as the incident was reported, supervisors were called in on Sunday afternoon to investigate the incident. I was in contact with the police supervisors Sunday evening as the investigation progressed. I would like to compliment the police department for the professional and transparent manner in which the investigation was conducted.”