I would recommend that you stay at least a strike zone away from this woman.
She really looks more pleased with herself than repentant in her mug shot.
CRESTWOOD WOMAN UPSET ABOUT DAMAGED CAR ATTACKED THREE PEOPLE WITH BAT, POLICE SAY
By Kim Bell • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
ST. ANN • A Crestwood woman unhappy about damage to her car went to confront a man in St. Ann who was responsible for it but wouldn’t pay.
She figured he would have a gun, so she took a baseball bat.
“I tried to take (his) head off,” she told detectives.
That’s the account in police reports to explain Sandra Ann Martell’s attack on three people Jan. 27 in the front yard of a St. Ann home at 3614 Long Drive.
St. Louis County prosecutors on Friday charged Martell, 30, with one count of first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree assault. Her bail was set at $100,000.
Of the three victims, the most seriously injured was a woman named Bobbi Jean Conner, 49. She was hit multiple times in her head and body, and knocked to the ground, court records say. A witness told police he heard “ding” noises each time Conner was struck. Even after she fell, Martell continued to swing and hit her, police say.
Conner was bleeding and unresponsive on a couch inside the home when police arrived. She was hospitalized for serious injuries.
Martell also used the bat to hit Conner’s daughter, Jeannie Lavon Leach, 28, and Leach’s boyfriend, Octavius Dequan Rivers, when they tried to break up the fight, the charges say. Leach was hit in the back of the head; Rivers was hit in the face, police say. They declined to be treated by paramedics.
According to police reports, Martell was upset that her white Kia Sorrento had been damaged, and she blamed Rivers for shooting it with a gun. She demanded he pay for the damage, and when he refused, she drove to the home on Long Drive to confront him, police say.
She told police she swung the bat only in self-defense. But two witnesses unrelated to the attack were interviewed by police. They said Martell made the first move. They said she stopped her car in front of the home, blocking the street. Conner heard a vehicle honking and came outside. Martell charged at her with the bat, police say.
St. Ann Police Chief Aaron Jimenez said what might look like an uptick in crime recently in St. Ann is actually the result of “isolated incidents” like this attack on Long Drive. “Most of our crimes,” he said, “are committed by people coming into St. Ann and stirring things up.”
Martell was arrested in January, immediately after it happened, and charges were issued last week.
Martell could not be reached for comment and did not have an attorney on file. She lives in the 800 block of Diversey Drive in Crestwood. The police reports did not have any additional detail about the damage to her car or who might be responsible.
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