Anger issues could land a Man from Joplin behind bars for 10 years after a plea deal. 19-year-old Connor Allen hit a friend several times in the face, slammed another friend’s face into a door after kissing her on the cheek, broke a railing, attacked a neighbor, then attacked the neighbors wife before destroying their home. Just to add insult to injury, Allen also attacked the responding police. And why was Connor Allen so angry…. He couldn’t find his keys.
The tirade took place Nov. 20, 2019, at a Joplin apartment building on East 20th Street. Allen is accused of starting his rampage while at a friend’s house. Connor Allan repeatedly punched the friend and chased him back into the apartment. That’s when he was met by Gabrielle Randolph. She told Connor to leave but as she turned away from him, Connor grabbed her by the back of the neck, kissed her on the cheek and then slammed her face into the door before she was able to finally close the door and lock him out.
Connor then directed his anger in the railing outside the second story apartment. He started to kick and break the railing, that’s when a neighbor, Clark Richards, confronted Connor. Allen hit Richards several times and once Richards fell Connor started to kick him while he was on the ground.
Richards retreated back into his home and he was followed by Allan. Allan turned his rage on Richards’ wife, who was on the phone with 9-1-1. He assaulted the woman before starting his attack on the home braking items and vandalizing the home. As he left he once again attacked Richards, pounding Richards into the wall.
Allan wasn’t done with his fit even when police arrived on the scene attacking two officers. He was finally taken into custody after the struggle.
Connor pleaded guilty to single counts of first-degree burglary and first-degree assault and two counts of third-degree assault dismissing two more counts of third-degree assault as well as property damage and resisting arrest charges.
Formal acceptance or rejection of the plea bargain pending a sentencing hearing Jan. 25 in Jasper County Circuit Court.