SEDALIA MAN FORMALLY CHARGED WITH FELONY FOR ALLEGED ASSAULT DURING THE STATE FAIR LAST YEAR

A warrant has been issued and a Sedalia man has been formally charged with a felony for an alleged assault at the Missouri State Fair last year.

A probable-cause statement says the Missouri State Highway Patrol conducted an investigation after a male victim had sustained serious injures of multiple skull fractures, a broken nose and a fractured orbital socket at the state fairgrounds on August 14, 2018.

During the investigation, witnesses stated the victim was noticed to be unconscious and was being dragged from a beer tent, where the victim reportedly hit his head after being “forcefully pushed” onto paved ground. The victim was transported to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. An employee at the beer tent named a bouncer as the suspect, 38-year-old Justin Lee Anderson.

On November 20, 2018, troopers interviewed Anderson who reportedly provided a written statement denying knowledge of the incident. On December 27, another employee reportedly stated he witnessed Anderson dragging and “releasing” the victim onto paved ground. On January 22, Anderson admitted to injuring the victim as he was restraining the victim from causing damage to the beer tent. Anderson said he fled the scene after removing the victim from the beer tent.

Online court documents say Anderson has been charged with a Class D Felony for Assault in the Second Degree. Bond has not been set yet.

An initial hearing for Anderson is pending at Pettis County Circuit Court.