Charges: Man's 'Navy SEAL' claims led to armed assault at Burnsville bar


A lot people share tall tales in bars, but they don't often lead to assault with a dangerous weapon and felony charges.

It happened in Burnsville this past weekend. The tale in question? That a seemingly ordinary 27-year-old bar patron was, in fact, a Navy SEAL – and a sniper to boot.

The Dakota County Attorney's Office says Leo John Clark III was sitting "about three chairs apart" from the intended target of this story, a male victim identified only as "B.P.," who apparently wasn't buying that the suspect belonged to one of the most elite commando squadrons on earth.

According to the criminal complaint, Clark accused B.P. of not believing him, "grabbed a steak knife off the bar" and held it to the man's throat.

In escaping the potentially deadly situation, the victim cut his hand on the knife – which the suspect then put back down on the bar.

Clark is now charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, a felony that carries a penalty of up to seven years in prison and/or thousands of dollars in fines.

Burnsville Police Sgt. Matt Smith told BringMeTheNews that the incident occurred in Racks Sports Bar & Grill, located at 2400 Cliff Rd East.

Smith also said Clark is not currently in custody.

In case you're wondering, Clark's alleged tale-telling seems to be of the "tall" variety indeed: according to FOX 9, the U.S. Navy has no record of any Leo John Clark III.

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