Two Columbia men arrested in connection with attempted burglary, assault

Monday, January 20, 2014 | 12:47 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Police arrested two men on suspicion of assault and attempted burglary Sunday, according to a Boone County Sheriff's Department news release.

Jessie Smith, 22, of Columbia, and Kelsey Skouby, 25, of Auxvasse, were taken into custody Sunday night and charged with assault and burglary in connection with an incident police investigated Saturday.

The news release describes an incident where two men entered a residence in the 1800 block of Prathersville Road without permission, after being told a man they knew was inside the residence.

The two men then assaulted the man and pushed a woman into a wall after she attempted to help the victim. One suspect threatened to punch her and the other punched another man who came to help the first victim. Both suspects then left the house.

The first victim suffered non-life threatening injuries and was released from the hospital. The woman who was threatened and the man who was assaulted were not injured.

Smith and Skouby were each arrested on charges of two counts of third-degree assault and one count of first-degree burglary. The total bond for the assaults is $1,000 for each suspect, and bond for the burglary charges has not been set.

Supervising editor is Stephanie Ebbs.

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