MASON CITY | A Mason City man has been charged with assaulting two correctional officers at the Cerro Gordo County Jail Tuesday night.

King Allah James, 27, is charged with two counts of felony assault on persons in certain occupations with the intent to inflict a serious injury.

Around 9 p.m. Tuesday, a male and female correctional officer attempted to restrain James and move him to another location for “housing reasons” and for “his behavior towards other inmates and staff,” court documents say.

James allegedly poked the male officer in the left eye with his finger and bit the officer twice — once on the right forearm and once on his “right breast area.”

The officer was seen by medical personnel in the emergency room for injuries.

James is also accused of headbutting the female officer in the face, causing swelling, redness and bruising to her right cheek, court documents said.

He is also accused of kicking the left side of the female officer's face, causing similar injuries, and kicking her left upper thigh, which the criminal complaint said caused "major bruising." The officer also suffered minor scratches on her wrists.

The Globe Gazette received a letter from James Wednesday discussing his current incarceration. The letter was dated Sunday, Oct. 1. 

He claims officers have lied about threats he directed at them and that he has been treated unfairly, according to the letter. James also claims jailers gave him medication he is allergic to and was assaulted by a correctional officer and other jail staff. 

James also said in the letter he has been falsely charged with crimes at the jail in April and May that he did not commit. 

The two officers involved Tuesday night were not among the several officers and staff James mentions by name in his letter. 

James has been jailed since August for eluding law enforcement. 

He is accused of failing to stop for the Iowa State Patrol on Interstate 35 Aug. 31 and continuing on until law enforcement stopped him at Highway 122 and Lark Avenue. 

James claimed he knew he had existing warrants and was trying to drive to the jail, so he could turn himself in. 

James is also facing charges in Minnesota's Blue Earth County for terroristic threats. 

A jury trial for the eluding charges is scheduled for Nov. 28. 

Contact Courtney at 641-421-0534 or on Twitter @CourtneyFiorini.

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