Man charged in machete attack in Gravois Park neighborhood

3 years 1 month 1 week ago Thursday, November 05 2015 Nov 5, 2015 Thursday, November 05, 2015 4:21:41 AM CST November 05, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man has been charged in a machete attack in the city's Gravois Park neighborhood last month.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a grand jury indicted Ryan S. Lawrence Tuesday on charges of first-degree assault and armed criminal action.

Police say Lawrence slashed a 31-year-old woman with a machete as she was going into the back door of her St. Louis home at about 5:50 a.m. on Oct. 12. He cut her several times on her arms, hands and head with a "machete-style knife."

The victim told detectives she did not know Lawrence. Court records say the woman identified the attacker in a lineup.

Lawrence has been jailed on a $100,000 cash-only bail. Court documents say he was on probation for a 2013 attempted burglary conviction.

It wasn't immediately clear if Lawrence has an attorney.

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