Licking man facing charges of assault and resisting arrest

On May 27, 2024, at approximately 4:15 PM Texas County deputies responded to a residence on N Highway in the Licking area for a reported assault. A victim reported that Roger Counts had punched him and choked him. Deputies observed marks on the victim, consistent with the reported assault. While speaking with Counts he admitted to choking the victim. Deputies advised Counts he was under arrest, and he refused commands and was taken into custody after a brief altercation. A deputy was struck in the face by a blow from Count’s elbow and suffered minor injuries. Counts was transported to jail. Prosecuting Attorney Parke Stevens charged 24 year old Roger L. Counts Jr. of Licking with domestic assault 2nd degree, assault 3rd degree special victim and resisting an arrest for a felony. Counts is being held in the Texas County Jail pending a $5,000 cash only bond.