Man Charged With Attempted Assault On Law Enforcement
Authorities allege a Cuba man was threatening to assault them — disobeying orders to stop walking towards them while armed with a pair of weapons — March 1 outside Uncle Ernie’s in Bourbon.
Marion Merritt, 46, has been charged with first-degree assault or attempted assault against a special victim, a Class A felony. Merritt is being held on an $85,000 bond.
The probable cause statement states that the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to Uncle Ernie’s for suspicious activity. Merritt was allegedly holding a large knife and staring into the restaurant.
A witness said Merritt walked into the restaurant with a metal pipe sticking out of his jacket and a large knife in his pocket. The suspect allegedly walked up to his table and stared at him. When the witness asked if he could help him, Merritt reportedly answered, “no, you can’t.” Merritt then walked out of the restaurant.
A deputy approached the suspect and a trooper from the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrived to provide assistance. The deputy said he could see the pipe and knife.
Merritt, who had a blank stare, began walking towards the deputy and disobeying orders to stop. The deputy began backing away and threatened to deploy his weapon. The trooper then deployed a taser that dropped Merritt.
Merritt allegedly tried to return to his feet and the trooper again deployed a taser. Merritt finally complied, but resisted being placed into handcuffs.
Once in custody, Merritt allegedly admitted to consuming alcohol.