ST. LOUIS, M.O. – A St. Louis man is behind bars after police say he stole a horse-drawn carriage and assaulted the driver and the horse.
It happened late Tuesday night near 8th St. and Chestnut.
A driver and horse from St. Louis Carriage Company were the victims.
Jenny Holzum is a spokeswoman for the company.
She said, “I’m angry I’m real angry. He put people in danger all over the city.”
A man who police identified as Johnny Medina, 40, jumped onto a carriage as the driver and a horse named Harry were headed back to the barn after a night of work.
Police said Medina hit the driver over the head with a cane, breaking the cane.
The 60-year-old driver jumped off and the suspect took the reins.
Harry seemed to sense something was wrong and began galloping through the downtown streets towards the barn just south of Busch Stadium.
People helped the driver and brought him to the carriage company but the ordeal was not over.
Part of the carriage smashed into a trolley car.
The suspect jumped from the carriage and began hitting and attacking the horse.
The driver got between the horse and the attacker while others moved in and subdued the suspect.
Holzum said, “I couldn’t even fathom it. I could believe something like this would happen on a main city street in downtown St. Louis. I was, of course, concerned and worried. I just don’t understand the thought process behind it. I’d love to ask him a few questions but that probably won’t happen.”
Another employee was able to free the horse from the carriage inside of the stable.
A veterinarian examined the horse; it is expected to recover.
Medina is charged with second-degree robbery and third-degree assault.
He is jailed on $30,000 cash-only bond.