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Columbia Missourian

Missouri baseball player Gavin Stark charged with burglary, resisting arrest

By Alex M. Silverman
May 7, 2013 | 5:59 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Police arrested Missouri baseball player Gavin Stark early Tuesday morning in connection with an incident of vandalism at the Reynolds Alumni Center at MU.

Stark, the senior infielder from Lee's Summit, was charged with second-degree burglary and resisting arrest by creating a substantial risk of serious injury or death — both felonies — court records show.

Capt. Brian Weimer of the MU Police Department said another individual told police that Stark approached him on the MU campus and threw his laptop to the ground. Stark then attempted to throw several punches at the victim, none of which made contact, and then retrieved a large rock, which he used to threaten the victim, Weimer said.

After running to safety, the victim saw Stark heave the rock through a glass-pane door at the Reynolds Alumni Center, Weimer said. Stark then entered the building and broke lamps, lamp shades, tables and coffee cups that were set up for an event scheduled for Tuesday, Weimer said.

Weimer said police received a call about 11:30 p.m. Monday regarding an act of vandalism in progress. When police arrived, he said, Stark "assumed a fighting stance and started yelling profanities at the officers." Police apprehended Stark only after he refused to obey officers' commands and attempted to flee the scene, Weimer said. Police believe Stark was intoxicated when the incident occurred

Boarded-up windows could be seen Tuesday at the Reynolds Alumni Center.

Missouri has suspended Stark indefinitely and spokesman Shawn Davis said the athletics department is still gathering details about the event. Stark, who started 17 games at first base as a junior for Missouri in 2012, has started four games this season.