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Couple Uses Hammer to Beat Man and Steal Three Cell Phones, Police Say

Maplewood Police said the Wireless Connect store employee's eye was swollen shut and he had numerous injuries from the assault.

A man and a woman attacked an employee as he was closing the Wireless Connect store at 7207 Manchester in Maplewood Dec. 19. The man told Maplewood Police the couple hit him in the face several times with a hammer and hit and kicked him.

They also took three cell phones that the employee was carrying in a bag.

Teresa M. Moss, 18, of the 2200 block of Yale Avenue in Maplewood, and Arvell Pruitt, 19, of the 1600 block of Glenechort Drive in Hillsdale, were charged Sunday with first-degree assault and first-degree robbery.

Maplewood Police said the man had numerous injuries, and his eye was swollen shut.

Maplewood Police arrested Moss, who admitted hitting the employee with a hammer and kicking him. Pruitt later turned himself in, admitted striking the victim and taking the cell phones, according to the police report.

The victim and a witness identified Moss and Pruitt in a photo lineup, police said.

Bond was set at $100,000 each for Moss and Pruitt. They both were being held in St. Louis County jail on Wednesday.

For more crime information on Maplewood-Brentwood Patch, see the following articles:

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Bobby smith January 05, 2013 at 02:40 PM
That is a crying shame they really need stiffer sentences for teenagers.
John Smith January 05, 2013 at 06:45 PM
If an individual has the mindset that he/she can strike a fellow human being in the head with a hammer, they are beyond point of any reasonable expectation of redemption. Can you guys at the Patch follow up and report any consequences our Judicial system hands down for these two?
Doug Miner January 05, 2013 at 07:03 PM
John - Will do. They now have a criminal hearing scheduled for 1/28 at the St. Louis County Justice Center.

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