April V. Taylor
Jamie Lee Chris Schammel’s previous run-ins with the law seem to have done little to quell his violent temper and criminal, racist behavior. The 35-year-old Minnesota man is now facing two felony charges for second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and making terrorist threats for pulling a knife on a 13-year-old girl who was holding a bonfire with her friends.
According to the Post Bulletin, on the night of September 25, the 13-year-old teenager called police to report that a man had approached a chain link fence on her property, coming up to her on a bicycle and spouting racial slurs and profanities while she and her friends were having a bonfire in the backyard. The girl reportedly asked Schammel to leave, and he threw a water bottle at her and yelled slurs at her again as he rode away.
As the situation continued to escalate, Schammel got off the bicycle and pulled out a collapsible baton after which the girl yelled at her friends to get inside, fearing for their safety. Schammel then pulled a knife and reportedly began running toward the girl, who was just a mere 20 feet away from him. Schammel continued yelling racial slurs and cussing.
The girl told the Bulletin that she believes Schammel was possibly on drugs and that he was going to stab her, so she ran to her front steps, and at that point Schammel got back on his bike and rode away before later being tracked down by officers.
Schammel is said to initially have denied his involvement in the incident but then changed his story, telling officers that the group of friends had been the ones yelling racial slurs at him because of his white supremacist tattoos. As for pulling the baton, he pulled the classic white person scared of a Black person card and claimed that some of the people in the group were reaching into their waistbands, and that is why he pulled it out. He denied ever pulling a knife on the girl, but officers recovered two knives along with the baton he admitted to using.
Schammel posted conditional bail, and is awaiting another court date. In the meantime, he has taken the time to respond to questions about the incident on his Facebook page:
The post seems to show Schammel not taking the incident very seriously. The reference to a fire is probably in regards to a third-degree murder charge he faced in 2001 in relation to a meth lab explosion that killed a man. He was also convicted of fifth-degree domestic assault in November 2009.
Schammel blaming cops and violent hatred toward them appears throughout his Facebook page, in addition to suicidal rants and multiple references to women as whores. His disdain was on full display in a 2013 incident where he was arrested for assaulting his father and allegedly tried to kick out the rear side window of a squad car.
Schammel’s most recent charges carry a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and/or a $14,000 fine for the assault charge and five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine for the charge of making terrorists threats.