MU pitcher charged in stabbing

Thursday, April 28, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 12:06 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 11, 2008

Missouri pitcher Michael Anthony Cole, 20, was dismissed from the baseball team on Wednesday after he was arrested on charges of first-degree assault and armed criminal action in connection with the stabbing of a 21-year-old man after a party early Sunday.

According to a release from Columbia Police Sgt. Stephen Monticelli witnesses said the stabbing occurred at about 5:30 a.m. after Cole went uninvited to a party on Tessa Way in south Columbia.

The release said that when he left the party Cole took two bottles of liquor and some beer with him to his house across the street. Acccording to the release, witnesses said Cole stabbed the victim, who had gone to Cole’s residence to retrieve the liquor, in a confrontation outside the home. The victim was stabbed in the upper left torso and right thigh.

People who had accompanied the victim wrestled Cole to the ground and took the knife from him, the release said. The victim was taken to an area hospital.

The stabbing was not reported to police until Tuesday after the victim, whose name was not given, was released from the hospital and contacted police.

West District Commander Capt. Brad Nelson said hospitals are required to report all gunshot-wounds immediately but are not required to report stabbings.

“We were not informed until Tuesday,” he said. “We wish we would’ve been informed sooner.”

Cole was arrested Wednesday morning after he was identified by witnesses who had recognized him on an MU Web site as a member of the Missouri Baseball team.

“The suspect, Cole, also made incriminating statements in regards to his involvement in the stabbing,” Nelson said.

No tolerance

After learning of his arrest, the Missouri baseball team dismissed Cole.

“We take a lot of pride in our program and this type of behavior will not be tolerated,” baseball coach Tim Jamieson said in a prepared statement. “His conduct is not a reflection of the quality of student-athletes we have in our program.”

Cole did not play in the Tigers’ 1 p.m. home game Sunday, but he was with the team. Baseball spokesman Josh Murray said Cole also traveled to Springfield for a Tuesday night game.

Police said they were seeking to arrest Cole on Tuesday night, but were unable to do so because he was with the team.

Cole was released from Boone County Jail after he posted $100,000 bond Wednesday afternoon. Cole, who was salutatorian of his high school, had appeared in five games for the baseball team this season, pitching eight innings and giving up one run. He pitched two innings to combine with Max Scherzer for a no-hitter April 1.

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