Bongo performer arrested after brandishing knife in downtown Columbia

Friday, June 15, 2012 | 1:14 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A bongo drum player performing on the streets of downtown Columbia reportedly threatened passersby with a knife on Wednesday night.

Seth Dunkerson, 24, was arrested at 11:21 p.m. in connection with the incident after officers were called to the area outside Shakespeare's Pizza, 225 S. Ninth St., Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Stephanie Drouin said in an email.

Individuals told police they were walking past The Blue Note, 17 N. Ninth St., when Dunkerson asked them for 25 cents. An argument ensued, and Dunkerson brandished a knife and threatened to cut them, Drouin said.

The individuals continued walking, and Dunkerson followed them all the way to Shakespeare's Pizza, at which point officers arrived.

Dunkerson attempted to leave while the officers were talking to him, and they scuffled before he was taken into custody, Drouin said.

No one was injured.

In addition to a knife, the officers discovered a substance that tested positive for cocaine in the suspect's backpack, Drouin said. He also possessed a scale and a pipe.

Dunkerson was charged with two counts of second-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia and distribution of a controlled substance.

His bond was set at $18,500 as of 8 a.m. Friday. The bond on the distribution charge was not set at that time, Drouin said.

Supervising editor is Jake Kreinberg.

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mike mentor June 15, 2012 | 3:10 p.m.

Now poor Dunk will be outcast from the bongo players society...

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