Andrew Allen

A Norfolk man accused of repeatedly using mace during several incidents in May has asked for a trial.

Andrew Allen, 37, appeared in Madison County Court on Tuesday morning in front of Judge Michael Long.

Allen has been charged with third-degree assault, a Class 1 misdemeanor that carries possible penalties of up to one year in jail and up to a $1,000 fine. There is no minimum sentence.

On May 24, Norfolk police officers arrested Allen in Norfolk following a confrontation with a male. Allen is accused of spraying the man in the face with mace.

In a May 28 press release from the Norfolk Police Division, Chief Don Miller said Norfolk officers had multiple contacts with Allen, who had developed a pattern of initiating an altercation with a citizen on at least four occasions.

As the altercations escalated and Allen was confronted for his behavior, he would spray the citizen with mace, Miller said.

In court Tuesday, Allen indicated to Judge Long that he wished to represent himself, despite Long reiterating to Allen that an attorney would be provided if Allen could not afford one.

Allen also declined the presence of a “stand-by attorney,” who Long said could be made available to answer any questions Allen might have.

After he entered a not guilty plea, Allen was scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on July 16 at 10:45 a.m.

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