Cops: Teen Offers To Mow Lawn, Missouri Man Kicks Him In Ribs, Makes Him Drink Vodka

Categories: Crime

John Summers Jr.
Today in the you-can't-make-this-stuff-up department, we bring you the story of John Lewis Summers Jr., a 45-year-old Missouri man who reportedly responded in a violent and bizarre fashion when a teenager asked him a seemingly harmless question.

Elsberry police officials say that a thirteen-year-old boy and two older friends offered to mow Summers' lawn for $20, which, for some inexplicable reason, prompted the man to totally wig out -- and force the boy to take a shot of vodka.

Then, police say, he kicked the young boy in the ribs and later attacked two police officers investigating the strange assault.

The Post-Dispatch reports that Summers not only forced the boy to drink alcohol and kicked him, but he also "tried to stab him in the feet with a knife."

Apparently not satisfied with the attack on the boy looking to cut some grass, he pulled a knife on the officers when they arrived, the paper says.

Then, he allegedly grabbed one of the officer's guns and tried to get it out of its holster.

At this point, police reportedly were able to subdue Summers and took him into custody.

The man, who lives on Ellis Avenue in the Lincoln County city, is now facing two counts of misdemeanor assault and a third charge of disarming a cop.

His bail is set at $20,000.

Send feedback and tips to the author. Follow Sam Levin on Twitter at @SamTLevin.

Sponsor Content

My Voice Nation Help
Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker

We really gotta start taking mental illness more seriously. RFT ...Do a report on mental illness in St. Louis. Inform the readers how many mentally ill people are left to fend for themselves even when they are not capable to do so. Also hit the angle of how few resources families in St. Louis have to help a mentally challenged family member. It should be front page news...seriously.

Jason Bryson
Jason Bryson

He was actually practicing an ancient viking ritual when suddenly hilarity ensued.

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

And this did not happen at a nightclub? JK

Andee Rose Shymama Gagliano
Andee Rose Shymama Gagliano

he's probaly mentally disturbed or something. developmentally disabled. i mean, no disrespect, but look at him. "subdued" how? endless tasing? i'm NOT saying what he did was okay, by any means, but really? if it was for no reason, unprovoked, that is soemthing ppl need to take into consideration, that he might be disturbed.

Now Trending

St. Louis Concert Tickets

From the Vault