Suspect arrested on assault and armed criminal action charges

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 | 1:12 p.m. CST; updated 6:46 p.m. CST, Wednesday, February 16, 2011

COLUMBIA — A 26-year-old Columbia woman was arrested Tuesday in connection with an assault Feb. 6 at a nightclub in north Columbia.

Mesha Stapleton was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault and armed criminal action on Tuesday. 

Chief Deputy Maj. Tom Reddin with the Boone County Sherrif's Department said a woman reported having an argument with another woman at Peppers Nightclub and Pizza before security guards separated them. As the first woman was leaving the club, she was assaulted with a glass bottle and cut in the face and head.

She was treated at Women’s and Children’s Hospital and released. In a statement, the victim said she knew the woman who assaulted her, but the two were not friends.

“We obtained information that she (the suspect) is a student for the college extension campus here in town, and we located her at that campus and took her into custody,” Reddin said.

Stapleton was arrested Tuesday evening. Bond was set at $25,000 for second-degree assault and $50,000 for armed criminal action. Stapleton was released on bond at 1:26 a.m.

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