Officials: Woman approaches kids with chain saw

This undated booking mug shot provided by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, shows Lynn Marie Herzog of the Winfield, Mo. The 50-year-old eastern Missouri woman is facing charges of felony harassment for allegedly approaching neighborhood children while wearing a ski mask and holding a chainsaw. (AP Photo/Lincoln County Sheriff's Office)

This undated booking mug shot provided by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, shows Lynn Marie Herzog of the Winfield, Mo. The 50-year-old eastern Missouri woman is facing charges of felony harassment for allegedly approaching neighborhood children while wearing a ski mask and holding a chainsaw. (AP Photo/Lincoln County Sheriff's Office)

WINFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri woman is accused of trying to scare children by approaching them with a chain saw while wearing a ski mask.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department says Lynn Marie Herzog of Winfield, Mo., is charged with felony harassment in the Sunday incident.

Patricia Manker called the police after she saw Herzog yelling at her son and his friend and walking toward them with the mask and chain saw.

According to a probable cause statement, Manker and another neighbor say the 50-year-old woman has also been seen photographing and videotaping neighborhood kids.

Herzog is jailed on $10,000 bond. She doesn't have an attorney.

Sheriff's department spokesman Andy Binder said the chain saw was not running during the alleged incident. Manker told police she didn't believe the children were in danger.
Associated Press
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