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Man forces teen to drink a shot of vodka for asking to mow his grass

Police said a 13-year-old boy and two older friends on Friday asked Summers if they could cut his grass for $20. Summers allegedly forced the child to drink a shot of vodka, kicked him in the ribs and tried to stab him in the feet.


An eastern Missouri man is jailed for allegedly attacking a teenager who inquired about mowing the lawn, then attacking police officers who were investigating the allegation.


The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that John Lewis Summers Jr. of Elsberry is jailed on $20,000 cash-only bond. He is charged with disarming a police officer and two counts of misdemeanor assault.


Police said a 13-year-old boy and two older friends on Friday asked Summers if they could cut his grass for $20. Summers allegedly forced the child to drink a shot of vodka, kicked him in the ribs and tried to stab him in the feet.


Police arrived and Summers allegedly pulled a knife on officers and grabbed an officer's gun. Police were able to subdue the suspect.

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