Suspect identified in Hickman students chase

Tuesday, February 17, 2009 | 7:59 p.m. CST; updated 11:47 p.m. CST, Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Columbia Police Department arrested a man in connection with a Feb. 11 incident involving four Hickman High School students.  He is being charged with third-degree assault.

On Feb. 11, the Columbia Police Department received a report from four Hickman High School students stating that they had been chased by three different suspects – one of whom displayed a folding knife – while running for a sports practice. 

According to Sgt. Bruce Houston, Travis L. Emmer was identified as the first suspect in the case. Houston said Emmer also made incriminating statements after his arrest.

The Missourian previously reported that one of the four male students accidentally bumped into the back of Emmer's vehicle at 4:52 p.m. on Feb 11.

One of the passengers of the vehicle, identified by police as Emmer, exited the vehicle and began to chase the four students on foot. The four students separated, but Emmer continued to chase one of the students until he or she was able to run into a business, according to Houston.

The other three students continued to run to the intersection of Eighth and Rogers streets when Emmer’s vehicle, driven by a female and occupied by another male passenger, encountered the students. Emmer then arrived on the scene and tried to start a verbal altercation with the three students, according to Houston.

The passenger of the vehicle displayed a folding knife to the students.

The other two suspects had not been identified at the time of the press release. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact CrimeStoppers on its Web site at, or by phone at 875-8477.

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