Police searching for assault suspect

Tuesday, December 23, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 8:06 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Columbia police are seeking an Independence man on suspicion of assaulting the owner of Mari’s Convenience Store on Sunday night.

The owner of the store, in the 1200 block of East Prathersville Road, was assaulted Sunday night after the owner refused to accept an out-of-town check, Columbia police said.

Police said Flinten E. Otis, 35, of Independence pushed the owner into a wall after Otis was asked to supply his driver’s license and answer several questions. After fighting with the owner, Otis fled the store, police said.

According to police, Otis is wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service on an outstanding probation violation warrant with an original charge of assault and battery. Otis is also wanted on a local assault complaint, police said.

Otis is a white male, about 6-feet-2 inches, 200 pounds. He has brown hair and multiple tattoos and is known to use aliases.

Anyone with information is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 875-TIPS.

— Missourian staff

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