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South St. Louis County neighbors meet with police following brutal attacks

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By Lakisha Jackson By Lakisha Jackson

A crowd of more than 150 people broke into applause when St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch said detectives were interviewing a second person who may have information about the beatings of a south St. Louis County couple.

The man and woman were critically injured when police say their former handyman, 24-year-old Rashad El, beat the couple during an apparent robbery attempt. The couple were beaten inside their home on Medalton Way last week.

Monday, police arrested El. Prosecutors charged him on Tuesday. Police said they believed there were other people involved.

Wednesday, police took another person into custody and are questioning that person at police headquarters.

A large crowd gathered this evening at the Mary Mother of the Church on Kerth Road to meet with police and county officials. Chief Fitch said the meeting was called so police could answer questions from the crowd, dispel rumors, and offer advice on starting a neighborhood watch program.

Chief Fitch said, at the meeting, that greed appeared to be the motive behind the beatings of the victims. Chief Fitch added that the couple were innocent victims who met Rashad El after posting an ad on Craigslist - looking for handyman help.  According to documents filed in court, police wrote that El confessed to breaking into the couple's garage between May 10 and 16th to steal landscaping a equipment.  El allegedly returned on May 21st and forced his way into the home. 

Police say the victims were beaten with a metal object.  At one point, the female victim was tied up.

Chief Fitch said both victims were still hospitalized and that they would likely be in the hospital for sometime.

Residents who want to participate in a neighborhood watch program can meet next month.  Officers from the Affton Southwest Precinct reserved a room at the Tesson Ferry Library on June 16th at 6:30 p.m.

Diana Zoga is a general assignment reporter at News4.  You can email her dzoga@kmov.com or follow Diana on Twitter: www.twitter.com/DIANAZOGA

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