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Woman accused of threatening kids with chainsaw

Published On: Jun 12 2013 06:50:47 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 12 2013 10:23:32 AM CDT
Lynn Marie Herzog

A Missouri woman is jailed on charges she threatened neighborhood children with a chainsaw.

Lynn Marie Herzog, 50, of Winfield, faces charges of felony harassment of a child under 17, St. Louis TV station KTVI reported.

Court documents accuse her of screaming and cursing at her neighbors while wearing a ski mask and shaking a chainsaw at them from her yard on McClay Road outside of Winfield Sunday morning.

If Herzog wanted to scare the pants off them, it worked.

Neighbor Patty Fleming said Herzog had been sawing a tree that came down during a recent storm and was wearing an open-faced ski mask.

"I come out of my door and hear her screaming at the kids," Fleming told KTVI. "The boys start walking and she starts walking towards them with her skull mask and her chain saw, shaking it like she was going to hurt the kids."

Neighbor Lesa Vossenkemper said she'd filed for a protection order after years of threats against her 28-year-old mentally disabled son.

"Our son is so terrified of her, that he's afraid she's going to wind up in the house with him and do something to him. ... I'm tired of living in fear. She scares me. I don't let a whole lot scare me, but she does," Vossenkemper said.

Herzog faces up to four years in prison if convicted, although neighbors believe a mental treatment facility would be better than jail.

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