Police & Courts

Quincy man makes first court appearance in standoff case

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Dec. 11, 2019 12:01 am

QUINCY -- The Quincy man arrested Friday after a short standoff on Quincy's north side and then arrested Sunday in Hannibal, Mo., after escaping the Blessing Adult Psychiatric Unit made his first court appearance Tuesday in Adams County Circuit Court.

Zachary D. Nokes, 46, faces charges of intimidation, a Class 3 felony; and aggravated assault, a Class A misdemeanor, in Friday's standoff at 2043 Maple. He also is charged with residential burglary, a Class 1 felony; and possession of stolen firearm, a Class 2 felony, in a burglary Thursday in rural Camp Point.

Charging documents say that Nokes told a woman that he would kill her if she did not let go of a gun. Documents also state that he burglarized the house in Camp Point and possessed a 20-gauge shotgun.

Nokes was arrested after the standoff with Quincy Police. He was being held in the Blessing Hospital psychiatric unit when he escaped, reportedly because a locked door had malfunctioned. He was later arrested at Hannibal Regional Hospital.

Nokes is being held in the Adams County jail on a combined $580,000 bond.

Assistant State's Attorney Brett Jansen argued in court that the bond should remain, as Nokes is a "danger to the public and himself."

Bond court Public Defender Andrew Mays argued for a reduced bond of $100,000, noting that Nokes had a minimal criminal record and was seeking help to address his mental health issues.

Nokes told Wellborn that he was trying to reach the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to enter an inpatient mental health treatment facility.

He also said his parents were working to obtain him counsel.

Wellborn left bond at $580,000, which she said could be adjusted if arrangements were made that placed Nokes in a secure facility.

He is scheduled to return to court Wednesday for status of hiring counsel.

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