CAMDENTON, Mo. — A St. Joseph man has been charged with 1st Degree Assault for allegedly using peanuts to try and trigger a severe allergic reaction in his mother's boyfriend.
Jacob Hunter Andes, 27-years-old, was charged with assault in the first degree on April 28. Camdenton City Police say they met with Andes mother’s boyfriend about the allegation that Andes had attempted to trigger an allergic reaction by placing peanuts in the man's canister of coffee, laundry soap, and underwear drawer. The victim told police that he has a severe allergy to peanuts and that Andes, his girlfriend’s son, was aware of such. According to police, officers seized some of the soap which contained peanuts and took photographs.
According to a press release from Camdenton City Police, authorities seized Andes’ phone, where they found text messages regarding the peanuts that he had sent to his mother as well as a voicemail in which Andes reportedly said, “I hope there isn’t anything weird anywhere, or especially everywhere, since I don’t have allergies.”
While Andes was in the Camden County Detention Center for unrelated charges of burglary in the first degree and property damage in the 1st degree (he allegedly kicked in the back door of a neighbor’s residence and entered), investigators interviewed him regarding the peanuts. According to police, Andes admitted to placing the peanuts and knew that his mother's boyfriend would come in contact with them. Andes reportedly said he had done this because he thought that his mother's boyfriend was poisoning him. Investigators say Andes also stated that he “solves problems by hurting people.” Prosecutors requested a no-bond warrant on Andes.