ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - When a man tried to pull a carriage-jacking in downtown St. Louis, who saved the day?
The horse, of course.
At about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, a driver was on Chestnut downtown, taking his horse and carriage back to the stable. A man, now identified as 40-year-old Johnny Medina, watched as the carriage clomped by, then began running after them, eventually jumping on board and striking the driver over his head with a cane.
Larry, that driver, jumped off the carriage and sought help from a witness.
“I told him that if we follow the horse, he will go back to the barn — which he did — if he doesn’t get struck by a car in the meanwhile,” Larry explained to KMOX. ”Especially when they’re scared, they go where they’re comfortable. Where they know.
“He was galloping. He was going home. That’s what they do.”
When Harry, the horse, and Medina, the suspect, pulled into the lot at the Saint Louis Carriage Company near Busch Stadium, they hit one of the trolleys in the parking lot.
Medina then began to repeatedly punch Harry.
Bystanders subdued him until police arrived and arrested him. He’s now charged with second-degree robbery and third-degree assault and is jailed on $30,000 cash-only bond.
“He was psychotic,” Larry said of the suspect, before adding of his buddy, “Harry did good.”