Police: Man steals horse-drawn carriage, punches horse in downtown St. Louis


by KMOV.com staff


Posted on May 9, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 9 at 9:10 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- Police have arrested a man they say attacked the driver of a horse-drawn carriage then took the reins in downtown St. Louis Tuesday night.

Police said the victim was steering a horse-drawn carriage southbound on 8th Street between Chestnut and Market around 8:25 p.m. when he saw the suspect running toward him.

Authorities said Johnny Medina, 40, jumped into the side of the carriage and hit the victim in the head with a cane. Medina then took control of the reins and the victim jumped out of the carriage, according to police.

A witness in the area called police, who responded to the scene and followed the carriage.

Police said the horse, whose name is Harry, continued pulling the carriage and ran back to his barn at the St. Louis Carriage Company stables, located at 1000 Cerre Street. The carriage then crashed into and damaged a trolley bus on the parking lot.

Police said another employee of the carriage company ran out and started to remove the horse from the carriage to get it back inside the stable.

Medina then jumped down from the carriage and started punching and kicking the horse.

Police said the employee and witnesses pushed Medina to the ground and detained him until police arrived.

Carriage company employees told police the horse did not have any visible injuries, but would be checked by a veterinarian Wednesday.

The victim refused medical treatment at the scene.

The suspect was taken to the hospital and remains in custody.

Medina has been charged with second degree robbery and third degree assault.