A 31-year-old Columbia man was arrested Sunday in connection with an incident in which a blunt object was thrown through a car window, striking a man in the face and knocking him unconscious, Boone County Sheriff’s detectives said.
George B. James of 5301 St. Charles Road was arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault, armed criminal action and tampering with physical evidence. He was being held Monday afternoon on $104,500 bond. A first-degree assault charge is a Class A felony and carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison.
David Wilson, a Boone County Sheriff’s detective, said in a written statment that James’ 27-year-old cousin, whom they would not identify, was driving when James threw an unidentified blunt object through the driver’s side window.
James and the 27-year-old victim share the home in the 5300 block of St. Charles Road, where the incident happened.
Wilson declined to say what prompted the 8 a.m. incident but said that an earlier disturbance on the property led to the assault.
The object struck the victim in the face and head. Because the victim was driving at the time, his car drove on and struck a parked vehicle, Wilson said.
James, along with other witnesses, took the victim to University Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Wilson did not know the victim’s condition Monday afternoon.