She lent her St. Paul neighbor a book, and how did he repay her? He thrust a Samurai sword inches from her face
, alleges a criminal complaint filed Tuesday, July 31.
Christopher James Meusburger
, 29, was charged with terroristic threats.
Police were called to an apartment building in the 1600 block of Sherburne Avenue on Monday at 8:10 p.m. A 62-year-old woman said she lent Meusburger a book, then saw it on the floor outside her door. (The reports didn't list the book's title.)
The woman asked Meusburger why he didn't just throw the book away instead of throwing it on the floor.
She told police this question "enraged" Meusburger and he confronted her, his nose touching hers.
"He told her, 'If you weren't so weak I would seriously hurt you,'
" the complaint said. "He pushed her back a few steps with his chest puffed up like he was getting ready to fight her."
She could tell he was intoxicated and told him she would call police if he continued to push her. Meusburger sprinted inside his apartment and came out with a long sword in his hand.
"He was in a fighting stance like he was ready to sword-fight with somebody,"
the complaint said. "She said she has never been that scared for her life before."
After waving the sword, Meusburger went back in his apartment, and she called police.
Officers found the man in his apartment. He told police he'd consumed at least a 12-pack of beer. His blood-alcohol concentration was 0.185.
At the Ramsey County jail, an investigator asked Meusburger why he was in jail. "Because I'm an idiot,"
he said, according to the complaint.
Meusburger said his neighbor across the hall was yelling at him. He said he unsheathed the sword but never left his apartment with it. He stood in his apartment with the door open and shook the sword, he said.
"He said it was not a threat but then he said, 'But I unsheathed it. Hard to think of it as not a threat,"
the complaint said.