Police: Suspect was 'howling' when he bit, hit officers during arrest
3 St. Louis City police officers were injured while making an arrest in South City Monday. Credit: KMOV
A May 5, 2017 mugshot of Lucas Horton (Credit: Police)
SOUTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -
A man is facing four charges of third-degree assault, two for property damage and one for resisting arrest following an incident in which three St. Louis City police officers were injured Monday evening.
Lucas G. Horton, 28, allegedly threw a rock at a café in the 3800 block of South Kingshighway before 6 p.m. When police arrived at the scene, they attempted to arrest the suspect but he reportedly resisted. Officers then chased Horton to the 4300 block of Chippewa.
When police caught up with Horton on Chippewa, the suspect allegedly made “howling and growling” noises. He then reportedly hit one officer on the head, bit another on the head and bit a third on the arm, breaking the skin.
Officers tased Horton numerous times, but court records stated it did not affect him.
When officers attempted to put Horton in the police vehicle, the suspect allegedly hit an officer. He then hit his head numerous times against the vehicle’s door, causing a dent, according to police.
Three officers and Horton were taken to the hospital for treatment. The officers were treated and released by late Tuesday morning. As of Wednesday morning, Horton was still in the hospital.
Police believe Horton was under the influence of drugs at the time he was arrested.
After charges were filed, Horton's bond was set at $5,000.
Horton was previously arrested by St. Louis police on November 28, 2016, for possession of marijuana and on May 5, 2017, for second-degree property damage. The mugshot released by police is from the May arrest.
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