Not just a dessert

U.S. Senator Carl Levin gets a pie shoved in his face in Big Rapids

Senator Carl Levin had a pie shoved in his face during a discussion with members of the Big Rapids community at Peppers Café on Monday.

Levin was in Big Rapids to speak to members of the Mecosta County Democratic Party from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Levin opened the floor to questions and selected Big Rapids native and former Ferris State student Max Kantar. Kantar proceeded to read from a prepared statement criticizing the senator for his stance on several foreign policies. During Kantar’s statement, Ahlam Mohsen, a 22-year-old woman from Coldwater, put a pie in Levin’s face and she and Kantar fled.Mohsen was apprehended shortly after the incident. She is facing felony charges for stalking and conspiracy to commit aggravated stalking after her arraignment on Tuesday. Mohsen is being held at Mecosta County Jail where she must post $25,000 to be released. Her bond is set at $250,000.

Kantar, with help from attorney Jim Samuels, turned himself in on Wednesday and faces aggravated stalking and conspiracy to commit aggravated stalking charges, the same charges as Mohsen. Kantar’s bond was reduced from $250,000 to $10,000 during his arraignment Wednesday for his cooperation with authorities. Kantar will have to pay $1,000 to be released from Mecosta County Jail.

The charges against Kantar and Mohsen are stemmed from an incident in January 2009 in which they were both arrested after an anti-war protest at Levin’s office in Lansing. The case is still under investigation and the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety will turn it over to the FBI.