UPDATE: Police arrested Raheem Thorpe, 42, who was being treated at a hospital for a cut on his face. He faces a first-degree murder charge.
ST. LOUIS - A 24-year-old local woman was found dead in a bath tub inside a south St. Louis home late Wednesday afternoon, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department said.
According to Lt. Ken Newsom, a police spokesman, officers found the body of Lauren Bach in a residence located in the 6100 block of Alaska Avenue. Bach had suffered head and neck trauma. Officers discovered she had cuts on her hands and human bite marks on her neck and back.
Bach was taken to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Police arrested Raheem Thorpe, 42, who was being treated at a hospital for a cut on his face. He faces a first-degree murder charge.
Investigators said Bach and Thorpe argued over drugs when a fight started. The suspect allegedly bit and strangled the victim.
Thorpe is currently being held on no bond.
The investigation remains ongoing.
A person close to the family tells NewsChannel 5 Bach was a "great girl' who "loved life," but had gotten involved with a bad crowd in recent years. That person says her family had made many attempts to help her, and there were points where she was trying to turn her life around.
Bach's murder comes the night before the St. Louis Police Department released new numbers showing the state of crime in St. Louis. Those statistics show homicides are up nearly 45 percent year-to-date over 2013. But, overall crime is down 14 percent for the same time period. Over the past decade, crime is down more than 50 percent.
Chief Sam Dotson says the department helps prevent homicides by keeping track of violent criminals and working to stop retaliation shootings before they happen. But, he says citizens also need to be doing their part in keeping themselves safe.
"When [people] use drugs, when they're carrying a gun illegally, when they're hanging out with individuals that are engaged in those lifestyles, they put themselves at risk," said Dotson.
Despite an uptick in homicides, burglary, larceny, and vehicle thefts are all significantly down as compared to this same time last year. Dotson says those numbers show the city is heading in the right direction.