Thursday, May 09, 2013

Saxophonist held on bomb threat charges

Police in St. Louis County are holding saxophonist William Schafer on charges of making a false bomb threat following an incident Wednesday in Creve Coeur Park.

According to a report by Joel Currier published earlier today by, Schafer "went in Creve Coeur Park at lunchtime Wednesday to play his saxophone, police say. He carried it in a case, approached a group of people and told them he had a bomb hidden in his sax case."

"The people got scared, police said. They called 911. Maryland Heights officers arrived, found Schafer tooting his horn in the park and arrested him."

"He admitted telling people about a bomb in the sax case, but claimed he was simply touting his saxophone skills, court documents say. Nonetheless, St. Louis County prosecutors charged him Thursday with making a false bomb threat. Maryland Heights police took Schafer to jail, where he is being held on a $25,000 bail."

An online bio says Schafer is a graduate of the University of Missouri and Maryville University, and a search shows he's played with some reasonably well-known local groups including the Brian Sullivan Quartet, the Pat Sajak Assassins, and several others. Known in some online fora as "jazzresin," he's studied to be a music therapist and has been around the St. Louis scene long enough to have made jazz historian and DJ Dennis Owsley's honor roll of notable local musicians.

Add it all up, and Schafer sounds not like a legitimate threat to public safety, but rather someone who made a bad joke and then possibly got stupid with a cop. Not something to be encouraged or applauded, certainly, but not something that merits a disproportionate use of scarce local law enforcement, correctional and court resources, either. Here's hoping the County prosecutor will reconsider at first opportunity and adjust the charge and bond to something more appropriate, or drop them entirely. 

In the wake of the recent bombing in Boston, a certain amount of caution is understandable, but in this case, do you think the authorities in Maryland Heights and St. Louis County are over-reacting? You can weigh in with your comments below, and in the meantime, StLJN will be following further developments in this story.

Update - 4:15 p.m., 5/10/13: A message on Schafer's Facebook page says that he's been released after posting 10% of the $25,000 bail bond. More as we get it...

Photo from William Schafer's profile on 


William Schafer said... When 20 guns get drawn on you for playin sax a phone so blue. U dont know how the love is lost forever and it is done gone through. Next time it happens i'll play the fool and make a fuss and act all cruel. They'll shoot me dead and i'll be through. It's what i want in a world corrupt and corrdid. My corridor of peace is gone shattered in pieces. Am i the impliment or is it the sax. Morgellons borrealai. When twenty guns get drawn. Wrists bent and contorted in cuffs. Dripping springs its not your fault. What did i say wrong. My peacock jazz walk. My lingo shot. I lay bleeding in my head. I smacked upon the jail walls till i gave myself a concussion. I cry for the other inmates jailed for petty crimes of survival and misunderstanding. With tiny grimey meals meal worms. Superjail in clayton. I sleep a waking nightmare without neurontin nerves are frail with misfire upon misfire. When 20 guns get drawn upon you playin a pawn shop saxophone. Dont. Just run and theyll shoot u dead. Shoot u dead shoot u dead. Its what u want now in hideous world shade shadow me this shadow me that. I wrote a song tonite outsida vintage vinyl. S'bout when 20 guns drawn upon a saxophone player blue. I blow sax. I blew it???? What did i do???? Ill with morgellons....nova police gonna nail me to the cross for crimes against time travel. Fkt. I shake with shot nerves. Next time i'll make a fuss and have them rat-a-tat me. C'est la vie. It would be an interesting death. Shall i do it again??? Look at me i'm blowing up. Ka-blu-ee. Kilroy was here. I'm a ghost of my former self. Dint even know i'm honor roll of stl sax players.
It's an honor just to be in the same space as dave stone!!!

Life can fuk u up. Morgellons can fuk u up more than life.

I'm fukt fuckt. When i get to hell. I'll be workin as charon. Comin or goin?? Never know. Keep goin'

William Schafer said...

im much better now. lyme disease can mess u up the most.

William Schafer said... Still i think how traumatic that was. I believe the pigs were all amped up over the boston marathon bombing and i stumbled into some hideous feedback loop upon which my commentary upon observations became justified cause fir them. I admit i now am far more dangerous now and forever than then.