Malia Merriweather: St. Louis Teen Charged in Crowbar Attack Caught on Video


Malia Merriweather was charged with two counts of violence from the April attack.
  • Malia Merriweather was charged with two counts of violence from the April attack.
Update: Prosecutors late Friday charged 18-year-old Malia Merriweather, of the 1600 block of Helen in north St. Louis, with first-degree assault and armed criminal action in a violent fight caught on tape.

The circuit attorney's office declined to press charges against another 20-year-old female who police arrested on suspicion of also participating in the fight. A judge set Merriweather's bond at $75,000.

The following is our post from Friday, June 3, just after police announced the arrest.

The St. Louis police department says it has in custody an 18-year-old female believed to be the person who struck another woman in the head with an apparent crowbar during a violent fight caught on video.

Daily RFT posted the video Monday (and the same copy can be viewed at the end of this post). In the video, blood and what appears to be teeth or skull fragments can be seen flying from the victim's head and landing next to her in the street. Onlookers who had been goading on the fight placed the convulsing victim in a car and drove from the scene.

Police also arrested last night a 20-year-old female who they say was another participant in the assault. Investigators plan to present the case to prosecutors today. At that point, warrants would be issued and the name of the suspects released.

The 19-year-old victim sought medical care after the attack and is continuing to recover from the incident that occurred at the intersection of 22nd and Dodier streets in the St. Louis Park neighborhood of north St. Louis. The police department was first made aware of the assault last weekend when the video clip began making the rounds on the Internet. Police say they received two 911 calls about a fight at that location on April 17. But when they arrived to the scene, no one was there.

Below is the video. Warning: It's pretty graphic.


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