Property damage sparks three arrests

Thursday, November 17, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 4:43 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

An MU student facing charges in connection with what Columbia police said was a plan to break into a house and assault a man Saturday afternoon brags on his Facebook profile about resisting arrest and the incompetence of police officers.

Justin J. Scheidt, 21, an MU sophomore, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree trespassing, littering and resisting or interfering with an arrest.

Russell J. Hall, 20, an MU sophomore and member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, was also arrested on suspicion of first-degree trespassing and was issued a summons for misrepresentation of age by a minor after police found him in possession of another person’s identification, Columbia police Capt. Zim Schwartze said.

Jeffrey M. Jenkins, 20, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree trespassing and first-degree property damage.

All three men gave their home address as the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house, 916 Providence Road, to the Columbia police. Hall is a member of the fraternity. However, Scheidt is not listed as a member in the MU Greek Directory, and Jenkins is not an MU student.

Hall told police he went to the house in the 2400 block of Pimlico Court to help a friend who had called the day before, saying her boyfriend was kicking her out of the house. Schwartze said Hall went to the house on Saturday, caused a disturbance, dropped his cell phone on the ground, and left. She said he then returned with several friends to get his cell phone despite his female friend asking him not to return.

Schwartze said the men then began damaging the property, including outside lights and doors. She said witnesses saw Scheidt throw a beer bottle at the house, which prompted the littering charge. “Other suspects” were being sought in connection with the incident and damage to a car parked nearby, Schwartze said. She did not know if the car belonged to a resident of the house.

Hall was arrested at the scene at about 4 p.m. Saturday, and Jenkins and Scheidt were arrested at the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house around the same time, Schwartze said.

Scheidt was arrested on suspicion of resisting or interfering with an arrest after he refused to cooperate with police when they told him he was under arrest, Schwartze said.

“He was on a cell phone and remained on the cell phone when told he was under arrest,” Schwartze said. “He wouldn’t put his hands behind his back.”

Scheidt posted comments about his arrest on his Facebook profile. The Facebook is an online social network for some college campuses. As of Wednesday evening, Scheidt lists “going to jail” as an interest. As a favorite quote he lists: “You can’t give me assaulting an officer bc your dumba-- doesn’t know how to cuff me,” explaining that is what he said to the officer who arrested him. The officer cut his finger while arresting Scheidt, prompting the comment. Schwartze said no officer was seriously injured.

He wrote that he was tackled by a Columbia police officer for resisting arrest after he tried to put his cell phone in his pocket.

Schwartze said Columbia police do not tackle people if they are not running and that Scheidt was not running.

Scheidt went on to write that his parents posted his $1,500 bail about six hours after his arrest.

He declined to comment when contacted by the Missourian. Jenkins could not be reached for comment. Hall denied that any of the three tried to break into the house or that they damaged any property.

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