Man arrested for threatening teens has history of threats

Published 10:46 am Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The man arrested for making threats toward a group of teenagers has been charged, and he’s been arrested for similar crimes before before.



Jamie Lee Chris Schammel, 32, was arrested Friday and charged Monday with one count of second-degree assault and one count of terroristic threats.

Schammel allegedly approached a chain link fence on the property line where a victim and a group of her friends between the ages of 12 and 15 were having a bonfire in the backyard. According to the complaint, Schammel started calling the group racial slurs and profanities. The victim asked the suspect to leave, but instead he allegedly took out an expandable baton, and later a knife, and came toward her, according to a court complaint. After the group ran to the house, Schammel went back to his bicycle and rode off.

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Officers later found him at the 600 Block of 10th Drive Southeast. He initially denied being involved but later admitted to being involved, saying the group started it.

This isn’t Schammel’s first run-in with law enforcement. In 2013, Schammel was sentenced to 17 months in prison for threatening his father in 2012. He reportedly went to Lyle and got into a dispute with a man at the Lyle Body Shop. Officers arrived to find Schammel’s father standing with a board and Schammel upset that his father was going to give away his belongings if he didn’t retrieve them. Officers also found a wrench that was reportedly Schammel’s weapon. After being arrested, he tried to kick out the rear window of the police car.

Schammel was also convicted for third-degree murder in 2003 because of his role in a meth lab explosion that killed a man. He was also convicted of fifth-degree domestic assault in November 2009.

Schammel’s next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 8.