PETTIS COUNTY, Mo. — A disturbance in Sedalia has resulted in formal charges against a resident of the city.
According to a probable cause statement filed in the Pettis County Circuit Court, Lonnie R. Thompson, 48, allegedly threatened a woman with a hammer and punched her in the eye early Tuesday morning.
Officers with the Sedalia Police Department were dispatched to the 300 block of East Saline Street in Sedalia at about 7:46 a.m. on Tuesday, June 20 to reports of an active physical disturbance. When they arrived at the scene, an unidentified female victim told law enforcement she had been sleeping in her bedroom when Thompson threatened her with a hammer and began to beat on the door and outer wall of her room.
Investigating officers found that the louvers of her bedroom door had been broken indicating that the damage was freshly inflicted. Holes in the drywall and paneling in the room consistent with damage from a hammer were also observed by law enforcement.
The victim went on to allege that Thompson had punched her in the right eye as she was calling 911. Officers took note of redness and swelling around the victim’s right eye that was in line with her report. Additionally, a ball peen hammer hammer with traces what appeared to be dust from the drywall was allegedly uncovered near the woman’s bedroom door.
Audio recorded on the victim’s phone was played for investigators, where a man, alleged to be Thompson, could be heard yelling expletives at the victim and ordering her to leave the residence. The male was recorded saying “I’m going to come in there with this [expletive] [expletive] hammer and I’m going to [expletive] beat you to death!” This was followed by sounds consistent with a hammer making impact with a wall or door as was reported by the victim, according to the probable cause statement.
After being taken into custody by a responding officer at the residence, Thompson allegedly admitted to damaging the door and wall with the hammer. He also reportedly told law enforcement that he did threaten to kill the victim however he said he didn’t mean it, because if he had, he would have acted on his treats.
Thompson is now formally charged with armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon and domestic assault in the third degree. He was taken to the Pettis County Jail and held on a $25,000 bond.
Thompson will go before a judge to be arraigned at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 21.