365 – butcher knife originally uploaded by Tom Woodward
According to this Dakota County Criminal Complaint (and this one as well), a Farmington man assaulted a man and his family, including an infant child, with a butcher knife over a dispute regarding assigned parking spots.
From the complaint:
The victim told the officers that he had driven to the apartment complex, where he resides, a short time earlier, and found that someone had parked in his assigned parking spot. He said that the customary practice at the complex was to honk the horn once, so that someone would know to come out and move a vehicle that was parked in someone’s assigned parking place.
When the victim asked Meyer to move his vehicle, Meyer refused and became belligerent. When the victim got out of his car, Meyer swung his fist at him two times. One time he missed and the other time he grazed the victim’s face. The two then began physically fighting. Meyer’s girlfriend came out of the apartment and told him to stop, at which time Meyer quit fighting and began to walk back toward the apartment with her.
The victim then saw a man on crutches hand Meyer a large butcher knife. Meyer then ran back toward the victim, who fled on foot. The victim said that he ran about the distance of a city block, but that Meyer caught up to him. Meyer then tried to slash the victim with the knife, swinging it at him twice. Each slashing motion missed the victim by about an inch. The victim then tried to disarm Meyer, at which time Meyer’s girlfriend again convinced him to stop. Meyer then walked away, still holding the butcher knife.
When Meyer was walking by the victim’s car, he smashed the handle of the knife against the victim’s car several times, putting dents in the right rear quarter panel, the hood, and the passenger door. The victim’s girlfriend and his infant child were in the car at the time.
What do you think about this sad situation? Have you ever thought to settle any dispute with a knife, especially one as ridiculous as one over a parking spot? Do you think that the apartment complex should suggest to residents that they handle parking disputes by calling a tow truck instead? Are you surprised that someone would go to these lengths while apparently sober? Do you think that this guy should be hired to work as the butcher at Farmington’s new full-service grocery store or would that keep people out of the parking lot? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.