Columbia man arrested after threatening 2 women, infant with knives

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 | 5:09 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — A Columbia man forced his way into a house Tuesday morning and threatened two women and a one-year-old child with knives.

The suspect chased the 24-year-old and 53-year old female victims and punched the 24-year-old victim with his fist while she was holding the infant, according to a news release of Columbia Police Department. He then struck the infant in the head with his elbow, according to the release.

After holding the 24-year-old victim on the ground in a head lock, he went to the kitchen to get get two steak knives but put them down later.

The suspect went outside and returned to the residence with a butcher knife. He pursued the 24-year-old victim until she locked herself in a room.

Police officers responded to the domestic assault at 4:10 a.m. Tuesday at the 500 block of Pear Tree Circle. The suspect walked out of the house when the police arrived, but refused to cooperate with their demands and asked the police to shoot him, according to the news release.

The man resisted arrest until a Taser was deployed. He was not injured from Taser deployment, according to the news release.

The suspect was identified as Joseph L. Bradford, 45.

The 24-year-old victim had scratches and bumps and the infant had a minor bump on the face, according to the media release. The 53-year-old victim was uninjured.

One of victims was in an intimate relationship with Bradford, said Latisha Stroer, public information officer for the Columbia Police Department. Bradford had lived at the residence a month earlier, according to the news release.

Bradford was arrested on charges of armed criminal action, burglary in the first degree, domestic assault in the second degree, endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree and a felony probation and parole warrant for parole absconder. 

Bradford is being held in Boone County Jail. 

Two bonds of $4,500 were set for domestic assault in the second degree and endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree. Bonds for the other charges had not been set as of Tuesday afternoon. 

Supervising editor is Elise Schmelzer.

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