Police say one victim in South County beating is out of the hosp - KMOV.com

Police say one victim in South County beating is out of the hospital

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Rashad El, 24, who was once employed by the male victim, allegedly broke into the couple's home on Medalton Way, and robbed and beat the man and woman inside. Rashad El, 24, who was once employed by the male victim, allegedly broke into the couple's home on Medalton Way, and robbed and beat the man and woman inside.

Almost a month after the near-deadly beatings of a South County couple, neighbors met for a second time to discuss starting a neighborhood watch program.

One man is in custody, but police have not ruled out the possibility that other suspects are at large.

Police say 24-year-old Rashad El, who was once employed by the male victim, broke into the couple's home on Medalton Way and robbed and beat the man and woman inside. Police say El took a laptop, a wallet, some credit cars and the female victim's SUV - leaving the couple for dead. At one point, the woman regained consciousness and managed to go to a neighbor's home for help.

Police say the woman has been released from the hospital, but is still recovering from her injuries. The man remains hospitalized.

St. Louis County Police described the attacks as extremely brutal.

A few days after the beatings, neighbors met with police to discuss the crime and how to beef up crime prevention efforts. At the meeting on May 26th, police offered the crowd a follow-up neighborhood watch meeting.  

Watch coverage of the May 26th meeting here.

The second meeting was held tonight to see if there is any interest in starting a neighborhood watch program for the Oakland Forest subdivision.  About a dozen people came to the meeting and offered to volunteer as either block captains for watch coordinators.

Tonight, Rashad El remains in the St. Louis County jail on a $2.5 million cash only bond.

Police questioned a second person in the case, but have not charged him with the crime. That man is being held on other warrants as police continue to investigate.

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

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