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      6-13-08  

 

 

 

 

 

ONE MAN, ONE WOMAN
Local pair face charges for stealing, police assault

by Alan McArthur
Landmark reporter

Two Platte City residents have been charged in an incident which occurred last Monday outside of the Running Horse Ranch and Home store in Platte City.

Jayson Lee Brightwell, 28, and Sarah E. Muntean, 18, both residing at 321 Main Street in Platte City were charged this week in the June 2 incident which occurred around 6 p.m.

Brightwell was charged with a class C felony for stealing and a class B misdemeanor of property damage in the second degree. Muntean was charged with a class C felony for assault of a law enforcement officer in the second degree.

On Tuesday Brightwell was being held at the Platte County Detention Center with a bond of $25,000 for the charges and an arrest warrant was issued for Muntean with a bond of $5,000.

The charges stem from when Platte City officers were called to investigate three subjects allegedly damaging property at 2601 Running Horse Road.

The three were then found while walking through a neighboring parking lot and the officer stopped them. Brightwell was carrying a 1.75 liter bottle of Vodka and a Taco Bell cup, and a juvenile was wearing a green t-shirt and carrying a Taco Bell cup also. All three were reportedly intoxicated.

The officer alleged Brightwell was intoxicated and had wounds on his hands, which were bleeding. Brightwell told the officer they were coming from a nearby liquor store.

According to the officer's report, Brightwell was “extremely intoxicated” and was having a hard time standing up.

The officer conducted a frisk on Brightwell and found an unopened package of cigarettes and a credit card. Brightwell told the officer he did not know who the card belonged to after being asked.

The card was found to belong to Pamela Piper and was reported stolen from a vehicle parked behind 220 Main Street earlier in the day.

The officer then arrested Brightwell and Muntean said, “I gave the credit card to him.” Another officer then asked Muntean how old she was and she responded, “(expletive) you, it's none of your business.”

Muntean then allegedly stood up and stepped towards the officer with her hands in fists. The officer then restrained Muntean and sat her on the ground, and she allegedly spit on the officer.

According to the report, at that time Brightwell attempted to push past the other officer to get to “attack” the second officer and the first officer “assisted” Brightwell to the ground.

Brightwell then said, “(expletive) you. You don't know me. I'm a killer. I'll shoot you, you (expletive) pig.” The officer then had to sit on Brightwell to keep him from getting up from the ground.

During this time Muntean allegedly assaulted the second officer by kicking him four times in back of the left leg and left elbow. The juvenile then stood and came toward the second officer and the officer “assisted” him to the ground as well.

The officers then called for backup, and a Platte County Sheriff's Deputy arrived with a transport van to take Brightwell and Muntean to the Platte County Detention Center.

The three had allegedly damaged bricks in front of the Running Horse Ranch and Home which are no longer manufactured and were valued at $1,000.

The juvenile's parents were contacted and responded to the Platte City Police Station.

The juvenile also gave a statement to the police indicating that the juvenile had gone to Brightwell's home around 11:30 a.m. and was allegedly provided with a fifth of vodka by Brightwell. The juvenile then drank the vodka before the three went to Kansas City to “chill.”

The juvenile then said the three returned to Platte City where Brightwell threw a rock at the window of the car on Main Street and cracked the window. According to the juvenile, he then punched the window and received scratch marks on his arm from the glass.

The juvenile told the officer that he attempted to steal money out of the vehicle but did not get any. He also said that Brightwell and himself had damaged the wall in front of the Ranch and Home.

The report also states that while the officer was at the Platte County Detention Center, Muntean allegedly asked a deputy how much trouble would she be in if she had stolen a purse out of a vehicle.

According to a previous police report, a purse was stolen from the vehicle parked in back of 220 Main Street with cash and credit cards inside.

The officer recovered $97 from Brightwell after his arrest.

Brightwell is currently on probation through Kansas City and is also on parole for tampering with an airplane and motor boat. According to the probable cause statement, Brightwell threatened to shoot an officer and has previously threatened to kill the son of a Platte City police officer.

Brightwell formerly lived in Camden Point. According to documents reviewed by The Landmark, he appears to have several items on his record, including purchasing/attempting to purchase or possessing liquor by a minor, pleading guilty to property damage in 2000, disturbing the peace from 2002, a guilty plea to unlawful use of drug paraphernalia from 2004, resisting/interfering with arrest from 2005, pleading guilty to tampering with a motor vehicle in 2005, and had an Ex Parte filed against him in 2007.

Brightwell and Muntean have not been arraigned before a judge yet, and no court date had been set as of Tuesday.

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