Police: Suspect attempted to hit off-duty officer with fire extinguisher during disturbance

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - An off-duty officer was assaulted Wednesday afternoon while trying to stop a disturbance in Kansas City, Mo.

Police said the officer saw a disturbance happening in the 9300 block of North Oak Trafficway around 4 p.m at the Sweet Beginnings Child Care Center Tuesday.

The police reports show that Kelsi Hoem, 22, showed up to the center with her 4 and 2 year olds in tow. Once she got inside, she took a Minnie Mouse coat. The employees told her it didn’t belong to her.

The report goes on to say that Hoem left the children inside while she took the coat to her car in the parking lot.

Employees took the children to a “secure part of the building,” the report reads.

A Kansas City Police officer arrived to the child care center on personal business. Those in charge told her what was going on and police say the officer asked the woman to leave.

When she tried to break it up, authorities said a person involved allegedly bit the officer, grabbed her thigh, scratched her with keys and attempted to put her in a “lateral vascular neck restraint.”

Hoem also tried to hit the officer with a fire extinguisher, according to the news release from police.

Within eight minutes, assisting officers arrived and the person was taken into custody. She is now facing a felony charge of assaulting a police officer from the Clay County Prosecutor’s Office.

Police say Hoem wrote a letter of apology to the officer, but later crosses out the apology section.

The officer refused treatment and was at home Wednesday.

The daycare center did not comment Wednesday or return a call from a KSHB reporter.



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