Rough details revealed in a torture case in Clinton County, Missouri

Even before the SWAT team entered Lake Arrowhead last weekend, people around Clinton County were talking about James Larson Jr.

“I heard-and reported this to a Sheriff in Clinton County on May 2nd-a man had just been released from a prison in Oklahoma and had a family here to hang out and have trouble. Caused and he had a long and fierce lap. A sheet containing assaults on prisoners, “said Steve Berg, a board member of a private community located 35 miles northeast of downtown Kansas City.

“All I heard was that he had bad news,” said Larson’s father’s neighbor, who asked him not to reveal his identity for privacy reasons. “I didn’t ask anything. He was staying across the street with his father, and more cars had been passing by since his son came here.”

On Saturday, the traffic on this distant gravel road was even heavier.This includes armored personnel carriers, multiple squad vehicles, police dogs, and tactical officers from several local law enforcement agencies, all. 5 hour standoff With Larson, who says authorities have assaulted, tortured, and captured a woman at her father’s house.

Larson Detained, And women who have not been publicly identified by the authorities have been in hospitals in the area since Saturday, officials say. On Monday night, the Clinton County Public Prosecutor’s Office released accusations against Larson: first-class domestic violence, kidnapping of felony, armed criminal activity of felony, and possession of felony.

Last monday, His father, James Larson Sr., met a reporter and drove to the gated entrance to Lake Arrowhead to give him his side of the story. His version looks like this:

Larson was released from prison in March. He stayed in Oklahoma for a month and returned to Clinton County a week and a half ago. Larson owned a camper on a land on Lake Arrowhead, but on the first day he returned, someone burned it. (His father implied that the fire was intentionally set, but did not say by whom or why.) So he moved with his father.

“I thought he was a weird man,” his father said. “It was good for about a week.”

Around 3 pm on Friday, May 13, his father went to see St. Joseph’s family. Before he left, he met a woman his son brought home.

When he returned, around 8 pm, he said, “My boy wasn’t my son. He wasn’t the person I expected.”

Larson destroyed his house while he was away. “I don’t know if he had a power outage or was drunk. I don’t know what chemicals he was taking or injecting. I know it wasn’t him. , Turned sideways. “

He said he saw his son pull on a woman’s hair, but believed she had never been trapped in a room or sexually assaulted. “I didn’t know what happened. All I know is that he probably hurt her really badly,” he said.

James Larson Jr. was arrested Saturday on suspicion of torturing and assaulting a woman at her father's house on Lake Arrowhead.

James Larson Jr. was arrested Saturday on suspicion of torturing and assaulting a woman at her father’s house on Lake Arrowhead.

Police billing documents

Billing documents released on Monday night generally support the account, but conclude the story with strict details.

Larson and a 31-year-old woman met at Facebook Dating four days before the standoffs. Everything went well for the days leading up to Thursday, and she called the police after her when he started beating her, “it was like turning on her.”

According to a statement of possible causes, Larson “hit her with a closed fist, kicked her with steel toe boots, and hit her head with what she described as an ice pick.” Larson did not allow her to use the toilet, so her jeans were “wet with urine.” He didn’t feed her either, she said, and he gave her her “tasting like medicine” drink on Friday morning. According to court records, as of Sunday, she was still “breathing problems, general pain, and unable to walk.” She had no fractures in her.

According to the filing on Monday night, Larson denied most of the women’s claims to the police. He said, “I have never put her hand on her or kicked her,” and said she had never touched her gun in her father’s residence. He said her woman already had a lump on her neck when he met her. This is the result of being “pistol-whipped” by someone she was with before.

Larson’s cousin Donnie Larson was also at home. At some point, Larson died, his father said. Then the other two men tried to help the woman leave. “We told her to go up this road and take her left and two rights and not look back at her,” Larson Sr. said. “But she didn’t want to leave.”

Instead, he said his nephew left “because I was scared of what my son would do.”

When Larson woke up, one night he found a shotgun hidden in his house. “He cocked it, went to her kitchen, shot her, and then he said he was going to shoot himself,” Larson Sr. said. “I begged him to stop for 15 or 20 minutes. I begged him.” Larson finally handed over the gun that his father had hidden in the garage and behind him. I locked the door.

He stayed in the garage for a few hours. From his phone connected to a camera in the house, he saw his son rampaging “breaking holes in the wall, hitting things around him, screaming.” Once, when things settled down, he went back in to find the key to help the woman escape. He said she found her sweating on the floor of her bedroom and in the position of her fetus. But he couldn’t find his key.

Why didn’t he just call the police?

“I was afraid of his life, her life,” he said. “I thought SWAT would come here and take him out. I did what I thought was best for his safety and his life, her life, and myself. I don’t know. Probably more. It would have been a good decision. “

Sometime in the morning — he didn’t sleep — Larson Sr. heard someone outside speak his name. He sounded out of the microphone. It was the police. They were asking him to come out of the house.

“Of course, it’s also my son’s name,” he said.

Larson Sr. raised his hand out of the garage and was detained, but was not arrested. The woman finally escaped from her house and asked her neighbor to call the police. Her neighbor, who didn’t want to reveal her identity, said the woman had “scratches and blood in her hands,” and looked like a puncture wound on her leg.

Five hours after the SWAT team arrived, I found Larson hiding in a wall and entered the house. He was cuffed and placed in Clinton County Jail, where he remained.

James Larson Senior's Lake Arrowhead Home.  A five-hour standoff took place on Saturday, May 14th.

James Larson Senior’s Lake Arrowhead Home. A five-hour standoff took place on Saturday, May 14th.

Story details

This weekend’s event isn’t the only time in the past year that law enforcement agencies have been called to James Larson Senior’s Lake Arrowhead home.

He summoned a representative of Sheriff Clinton County in December, stating that robbery was underway. The officer stepped into a confused scene. According to court records, he had a rifle and handed it to his adjutant. He said he believed he had trapped the thief by locking the man in his bedroom. He also fired about nine ammunition into the room through his closed door.

The agent did not find any signs of forced entry into the house or anyone, except for his 10-year-old grandson, who was immediately placed under state control. Larson Sr. has been charged with illegal use of weapons and endangering the welfare of children.

“I lost my grandson because I was exercising the rights of Article 2 of the Constitutional Amendment to protect my property,” he said. A probable cause statement points out that he has a long criminal record dating back to 1982. This includes convictions for three assaults, misdemeanors of false police reports, and misdemeanors of weapons.

His son, 39, has been working for the Oklahoma Corrections Bureau for the past eight years and has been convicted of assaulting and assaulting law enforcement officers and has escaped detention, among other crimes. Shown in the record.

He also picked up at Holt’s BP station, a few miles south of Lake Arrowhead, shortly after returning to Clinton County earlier this month. A clerk working at a cash register on Monday was surprised to learn that one of the men arrested at a gas station a few weeks ago was involved in a SWAT standoff over the weekend.

“It was just a suspicious situation,” he told the star. “The two guys were sitting in front of the car about 30 minutes before the store closed. The driver had one of those gaiters around his neck, and he put it on his mouth. And continued to look here. And another man wore a long black leather trench coat. It was warm. Why is he wearing a leather trench coat? Need to count drawers It was time for me to come out. So I called the county. “

When a sheriff’s agent arrived and began asking outside men, they learned that Larson, a man in a long black trench coat, had issued an arrest warrant in Clinton County. They also found a gram of cocaine and a gram of stimulants in the car. Larson and his friends were taken to jail. But Larson wasn’t long.

Clinton County Sheriff Rally Fish Told Fox4 That Monday, before this weekend’s event, “I expected something to happen because the subject is … a violent career criminal.” But nevertheless, and unpaid in Clinton County. Despite his decree, a clear breach of probation in Oklahoma, and his long history as a violent criminal, Larson was released on his own recognition three days later-no bail required- ..

The Clinton County Sheriff’s Office did not call on Monday night asking for an explanation of why Larson was not put in jail.

On Monday afternoon, his father passed the reporter past Lake Arrowhead Gate and guided the winding road to his home. Two friendly dogs roamed around a junk-filled grassy yard: a pile of plywood, a broken vacuum cleaner, and part of an old Taco Bell sign.

“That’s a junior,” his father said, pointing at one of the dogs. “He needs to go to the vet. I think I have to take him.”