Courtesy of Big Rapids News

U.S. Senator Carl Levin received a messy reception Monday in Big Rapids during a town hall meeting at a local restaurant.

A woman hit Levin with a Michigan-made apple pie at a town hall meeting at Pepper’s Cafe and Deli in Big Rapids.

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According to WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick, the woman reached into her backpack for the pie.  “And a la Soupy Sales,” Skubick said, “she put it right in his face.”

Before the pie throwing incident, Levin was defending the couple’s right to free speech.

“The Senator was defending the young man’s right to talk about the war, the people in the audience wanted him to sit down and be quiet,” Skubick said.

“The Senator said, ‘look this is a free country, let the guy talk,’ apparently that freedom also applies to throwing pies at U.S. Senators,” he said.

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According to the Big Rapid Pioneers, Ahlam Mohsen, 23, a Michigan State University senior was arrested by the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety after the incident.  Max Kantar, 23, of Big Rapids, who critized Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, for his stance on U.S. foreign policy issues, fled after Mohsen pied the senator.

At the restaurant, Mohsen was escorted out and arrested by the police.

“He wiped it off, and they arrested the young lady and the young man, this was a physical assault and apparently the Senator will be pressing charges,” Skubick said.

Skubick said the incident was caught on video and the next stop may be YouTube.

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