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A Livingston man was jailed after assistance from the public and video evidence revealed a crime from Monday morning.

On Tuesday, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a video taken from a Polk County residential security camera on Monday at approximately 2:09 a.m.

The video showed a female subject attempting to get away from a male subject. The female attempted to seek help by knocking on a door of a residence, where no one was home.

While knocking, the male subject grabbed her by the hair and pulled her off the porch and onto the ground.

Tips from the community and information arrived expeditiously and assisted in the sheriff’s department quickly identifying the male subject as James Donald Allard, Jr., 30, of Livingston.

A warrant was obtained for Allard and deputies served it at his residence. He was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Polk County Jail on the charge of assault causing bodily injury to a family member.

Allard was issued an emergency protective order and given a $2,500 bond.

Sheriff Byron Lyons said he appreciates the public’s assistance in cases like this and encourages citizens to continue providing tips and information. Continued support and cooperation plays a pivotal role in bringing cases to a successful closure.

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