MU employee arrested on charge of assaulting neighbor, police officer

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 | 6:34 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — An MU employee was arrested Tuesday in Centralia after police say she attacked an officer with a gold bowling pin and her neighbor with a plant holder.

Angel Anderson, an administrative associate in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at MU, is accused of trespassing, assault, armed criminal action, assaulting a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and possession of a synthetic cannabis.

The incident began when a neighbor called police with a noise complaint and the officer walked into a violent scene at 205 Sunset Lane, according to the probable cause statement written by the officer.

While Anderson was on her neighbor’s property, she attempted to attack him with a solid-iron plant holder, according to the statement. The plant holder was described as half an inch thick with two large hooks, and the officer wrote that it was capable of causing serious injury or death.

Anderson threw the plant holder at her neighbor “in the manner as a person would throw a spear with the intent of impaling someone,” according to the statement. The plant holder struck the neighbor in the leg, but he avoided severe injury. She was also yelling obscenities and death threats, according to the statement.

Anderson, 41, appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, Centralia Police Chief Larry Dudgeon said.

When Anderson went back into her house, the officer tried to talk to her, and she refused. According to the statement, she yelled that she didn’t care if he was the police, she would shoot him through the door if he didn’t get off the porch.

The officer then drew his weapon, ordering Anderson to put down hers and open her door, according to the statement. He threatened to kick down the door and enter the home, and she burst through the door “wildly,” holding a bowling pin over her head. The officer ordered her to put down the pin, but she came closer. According to the statement, he holstered his weapon and backed away, then she lunged forward and swung the bowling pin, barely missing his head.

“I was very aware of a breeze as the bowling pin passed by my face,” he wrote.

The officer then tackled her to the ground and wrestled her into custody for two minutes, according to the statement.

Anderson was arrested and brought to Boone County Jail but was released after posting a $125,000 bond.

After she posted bond, an officer searched her cell and found a small black cylinder filled with a synthetic cannabis, according to the statement.

Supervising editor is Zach Murdock.

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