The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

July 24, 2013

Weapon charge dismissed; absence of witnesses cited

From staff reports

JOPLIN, Mo. — A felony weapon charge that a Loma Linda man was facing was dismissed Wednesday because of inability of the Jasper County prosecutor’s office to locate the witnesses against him.

Kristopher Peters, 36, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing in Jasper County Circuit Court on a charge of unlawful use of a weapon.

The charge stemmed from an incident Dec. 7 in a parking lot at 1717 W. Seventh St., where Peters allegedly approached two other men and told them that he was a detective with the Joplin Police Department.

While demanding their identification and vehicle registration, he reportedly unsnapped a hip holster that he was wearing and pulled a .45-caliber handgun halfway out in a manner that the two witnesses deemed as threatening, according to a probable-cause affidavit. He eventually gave their identification and registration back, claimed not to have enough time to deal with them, and let them go with a warning, the affidavit alleged.

The two men reported the matter to the Joplin Police Department and identified Peters as the alleged impostor, according to the affidavit. Associate Circuit Judge Richard Copeland dismissed the charge when the state was unable to produce them as witnesses in court on Wednesday.