aggravated assault

noun

Definition of aggravated assault

: an assault that is more serious than a common assault: such as
a : an assault combined with an intent to commit a crime
b : any of various assaults so defined by statute

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And though rapes rose 3 percent and aggravated assault rose 1 percent, overall violent crimes dropped 0.2 percent — numbers that suggest the rise of crime in recent years is ending. Kelly Cohen, Fox News, "Murders, violent crimes dipped in 2017, FBI says," 24 Sep. 2018 Mississippi court records show Mr. Martin in 1995 pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in an attack on his girlfriend in 1994. Joe Barrett, WSJ, "Aurora Shooter Was Terminated, Then Killed Plant Manager, HR and Factory Workers," 16 Feb. 2019 The bar-owner shot Monday afternoon after pointing a gun at SWAT officers during a standoff is facing a charge of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, an arrest affidavit said. David Harris, OrlandoSentinel.com, "'I do not negotiate whatsoever,' armed pub owner said, before being shot by SWAT officer: report," 10 July 2018 That was 35 years for the murder, and 13 years for related charges of robbery and aggravated assault. Samantha Melamed, Philly.com, "Why are juvenile lifers from Philly getting radically different sentences than those in the rest of Pennsylvania?," 10 July 2018 Officials said Blessing faces charges of first-degree murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping The Republic's Angela Forburger contributed to this story. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Sheriff: MCSO went to 92-year-old woman's home five times before son killed," 5 July 2018 In 2015, a Bexar County grand jury indicted Bailey on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Brian Chasnoff, San Antonio Express-News, "A ‘propensity for violence’ and racism," 1 June 2018 That same year, Davie police charged him with aggravated assault with a weapon. Charles Rabin, miamiherald, "Police union defends baton beating caught on video as within 'use of force matrix'," 1 June 2018 Kyriakos Savvas Georghiou was charged with murder and aggravated assault in October, following a fatal knife attack that left his mother dead and his father wounded. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Murderabilia for sale from Houston man accused of decapitating mother," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of aggravated assault

1845, in the meaning defined above

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