Woman Arrested for Waving Machete At Clerk


CRYSTAL CITY, Mo. — A woman is charged with two counts of assault and unlawful use of a weapons after storming into a BP gas station in Crystal City, Missouri and threatening the clerk with a machete Tuesday morning.

Lizette Von Horstman, 54, is charged with two counts of assault and one count of unlawful use of a weapon. 

After standing in front of the desk for a moment, Horstman listed a large machete she had in her hand and held it over her head while screaming at the clerk.

Horstman yelled about looking for a woman from Mississippi, was wielding the blade and knocking over merchandise in the store.

Eventually, a customer distracted Horstman by knocking on the window, which prompted her to lay down the machete. She continued to verbally threaten the 66-year-old male clerk and threw a beer bottle at the customer.

Eventually, the customer, a 37-year-old man, grabbed the machete as the clerk wrestled Horstman to the ground.

During the altercation, Horstman pulled a knife from her pocket, but the clerk was able to grab her arm and the customer grabbed the knife.

Police arrived shortly after and took Horstman into custody. She was taken to St. Anthony’s Medical Center for a mental evaluation, and then turned over to police on Wednesday. Horstman’s bond is set at $150,000 cash only. 

But before her arrest for this crime, CBS affiliate KMOV found court records showing that she pleaded guilty to a 1992 murder in Florida.

In Florida, Von Horstman and another woman lured a 66-year old man to a hotel where they strangled and beat him to death, then put  his body in the trunk of a car. 

She served eleven years in prison for that crime.

(KMOV for CBS News)

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