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Man accused of assaulting Madison County sheriff, deputy with moped

McKinley Aikens, 55, is charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and one count of breaking and entering. (Photo credit: Madison County Sheriff's Office)

One man faces felony charges after allegedly assaulting the Madison County sheriff and a deputy with a moped.

McKinley Aikens, 55, is charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, one count of breaking and entering and DWI.

Sheriff Buddy Harwood said he and Chief Deputy Coy Phillips responded to a breaking and entering in Hot Springs around midnight on May 11.

When they arrived at the home off of Paint Rock Road, Harwood said Aikens started to drive away on a moped and struck his truck door. Chief Phillips then tackled Aikens.

Sheriff Harwood suffered a sprained hand and some other minor bruising. Phillips is currently in the ER with minor injuries.

Aikens has a criminal record dating back nearly 30 years. In 2006, he and a partner were wanted for stealing from construction sites. He had previously been charged with stealing jewelry and gold teeth from grave sites, for which he served 4 years in jail.

Aikens is being held in the Madison County Detention Center.

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