Woman charged in west Wichita incident that damaged vehicles, bar property
02/27/2014 8:15 AM
02/27/2014 6:06 PM
A woman arrested over the weekend after trying to set a fire on the property of a west Wichita bar is facing criminal charges.
Jessica L. Brown, 27, was charged Wednesday in Sedgwick County District Court with one count of arson, four counts of criminal damage to property and one count of aggravated assault. She is accused in a criminal complaint of using fire or explosives to damage property owned by Hoots Bar, 3815 W. Douglas, of damaging four vehicles and of threatening one of the vehicle owners with a “large knife” on Sunday.
At a briefing with reporters Sunday afternoon, police said bouncers forced a woman to leave the bar early Sunday morning but that she returned with a knife and tried to set fire to a vehicle and a fence. Officers were called to the bar about 3:30 a.m. Sunday and arrested her.
Brown was being held Wednesday in Sedgwick County Jail on $50,000 bond. She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on March 12.
Three of the criminal damage to property counts are felonies because the loss amount listed is between $1,000 and $25,000, according to the criminal complaint. The fourth is a misdemeanor because the vehicle damage is less than $1,000.
Arson and aggravated assault are felonies.
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