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On Tuesday, October 1, 2019, the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office issued charges on suspect Debbie Penn, 31 years of age, of the 11300 block of Momarte Lane, St. Louis, Missouri 63146, for one count of Robbery First Degree, Armed Criminal Action, Stealing – Physically Taking, and Assault Fourth Degree. Penn is being held on $250,000 “cash only” bond. A mugshot of Penn is attached.

The probable cause statement reads: The defendant’s children were observed with a cart full of store merchandise. The children were observed exiting the store, passing all points of purchase. The children were observed loading the items into the defendant’s vehicle. The defendant was approached by the victim and a witness as she got to her vehicle.

Victim O’Neal took a picture of the defendant’s vehicle. The defendant snatched Victim O’Neal’s cell phone from his hand and scratched Victim O’Neal’s face in the process. The defendant did not return the phone to Victim O’Neal. Victim Arthur stood in front of the defendant’s vehicle to prevent her from leaving the parking lot. The defendant entered her vehicle and drove straight into Victim Arthur.

Victim Arthur landed on top of the defendant’s vehicle. The defendant drove away at a high rate of speed, throwing Victim Arthur to the ground causing her to strike her head on the ground and render her unconscious. Victim Arthur suffered multiple skull fractures and a brain bleed.

A witness identified the defendant as the person who took Victim O’Neal’s cell phone and struck Victim Arthur with her vehicle.

Detectives from the St. Louis County Police Department’s Bureau of Crimes Against Persons are conducting the investigation.

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