ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KSDK)
- The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office charged four men Friday in connection with a brutal attack on a hot dog vendor and a customer outside a Ferguson Home Depot.
According to the Ferguson Police Department, the incident occurred in August 2013 at the Home Depot in the 10900 block of New Halls Ferry Road.
Investigators said Edward Newa, a hot dog vendor, was cleaning the windows behind his counter when four men walked past him and stole his cell phone from the counter top before running off.
Newa and a customer chased after the men and were able to wrestle one of the suspects to the ground. The other three suspects began beating Newa and the customer with their fists. At one point, the two victims were struck repeatedly with a ball peen hammer, believed to have been stolen from the store just minutes prior.
Edward Newa suffered serious head injuries but survived the attack. The customer was treated at the scene and released.
The suspects were eventually identified and arrested: 21-year-old Demon Ward of St. Louis, 25-year-old Charles Thomas of Jennings, 20-year-old Anthony Norman of Jennings, and 21-year-old Darnell Hollings of St. Louis.
The four suspects were each charged with one count of first-degree assault, one count of second-degree assault, and two counts of armed criminal action. Charles Thomas was also charged with felony stealing.
Norman, Hollings and Ward were being held at the St. Louis City Justice Center on unrelated charges. Thomas is also being held at the St. Louis City Justice Center on the aforementioned charges and other unrelated charges.