COLUMBUS – A bench warrant has been issued for a Columbus man who failed to appear in court for the second time earlier this morning.
30-year-old Ernesto Leon was scheduled for a hearing in the Platte County Court today at 11:00 AM, but failed to appear before Judge Frank Skorupa. Leon also failed to appear on August 22 for a case in which he is facing 10 misdemeanor charges for criminal trespassing, criminal mischief, and disturbing the peace.
According to an arrest affidavit, the charges stem from incidents that took place in May where a man who was identified as Leon was running around hyperventilating in a gas station, and kicked in the doors of multiple residences. The Columbus Police Department received multiple reports of damaged doors and windows where Leon had broken into residences, and was saying that people were chasing him.
Leon was taken into emergency protective custody on May 28, and was transported to Columbus Community Hospital. A family member of Leon’s told officers that Leon was not taking his medications, and that he thought the devil was chasing him.
Officers are ordered to immediately arrest Leon upon his location, and bond in the case has been set at $100,000 ten percent.