March 03, 2017 10:31 PM
Diamond Reynolds, the former girlfriend of Philando Castile who livestreamed the aftermath of his shooting death on Facebook, was charged in Ramsey County court Friday with two felony counts for her role in the assault of a woman in St. Paul on Tuesday.
Reynolds is charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, non-firearm, and third-degree assault causing substantial bodily harm.
She is in custody and scheduled for a court appearance Monday. She is being held on $90,000 bail.
The charges stem from an alleged incident in which the 27-year-old Reynolds hit the victim in the head with a hammer, knocking her to the ground. She continued to strike the woman with the hammer, according to the criminal complaint. She then used the hammer to try to smash the windshield of the victim's car.
The Tuesday attack was an apparent aftershock from a Feb. 9 fight involving the Tuesday victim's friend.
According to the complaint, St. Paul police were called to the scene at the 1500 block of Jessamine Lane about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday on a report that a group of females "jumped" a woman and hit her over the head with a hammer. Officers arrived to find the victim bleeding from the forehead, with blood covering her face and spotted on her shirt.
The suspects had fled the scene before the police arrived, and the victim was taken to Regions Hospital. The victim told police she was traveling on Magnolia Avenue East when she noticed an SUV make a U-turn and follow her.
The complaint says the victim pulled into a parking lot and left her car on foot before hearing a voice "holler at her."
She said she saw Reynolds and another female coming toward her, and that Reynolds ran to her and punched her in the head with a closed fist. According to the victim's report, at one point during the ensuing struggle Reynolds hit her with a hammer, knocking her to the ground. She said she then briefly blacked out, but when she next looked up, she saw Reynolds holding the hammer.
That's when, the victim told police, Reynolds attempted to smash her car window with the hammer. The victim said as she was attempting to get off the ground, Dyamond Richardson, another suspect in the incident, arrived and attempted to chase her down while spraying from a can of bear mace.
The suspects then left in two vehicles comprising seven or eight people and fled the scene, according to the complaint.
An eyewitness account corroborated much of the victim's story.
Richardson later told police there had been an ongoing conflict between Richardson and a friend of Tuesday's victim. The victim's friend had apparently shown up at Richardson's place of work Feb. 9 and asked for a fight.
Richardson told police that Reynolds said the same friend of the Tuesday assault victim had also damaged Reynold's vehicle and tried to provoke a fight.
So Reynolds and Chnika Blair, the third suspect in the Tuesday assault, agreed to help Richardson find and fight the victim's friend. On Feb. 9, the three decided to take two cars to the friend's house. The car carrying Reynolds and Blair arrived first, and Richardson told police that when she arrived shortly after, the assault victim's friend was "jacked up" and trying to get up off the ground, bleeding from the face and with matted hair.
Richardson then got out of her car and attempted to spray the woman with a can of bear mace.
The Tuesday victim provided police with a Feb. 9 Facebook post in which Reynolds specifically threatened to come after her, according to the complaint.
KSTP has been told the Washington County Attorney's Office will take over the Reynolds case because Ramsey County is prosecuting the officer involved in the Castile shooting, a case in which Reynolds will play a role.
The criminal complaint can be read in full here.
Michael Oakes and Theresa Malloy
Updated: March 03, 2017 10:31 PM
Created: March 03, 2017 05:22 PM
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