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Man charged in machete attack in Gravois Park neighborhood

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Ryan S. Lawrence, of St. Louis, was charged Nov. 3, 2015, with attacking a woman with a machete in St. Louis. Photo: STL Today

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ A St. Louis man has been charged in a machete attack in the city’s Gravois Park neighborhood last month.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a grand jury indicted Ryan S. Lawrence Tuesday on charges of first-degree assault and armed criminal action.

Police say Lawrence slashed a 31-year-old woman with a machete as she was going into the back door of her St. Louis home at about 5:50 a.m. on Oct. 12. He cut her several times on her arms, hands and head with a “machete-style knife.”

The victim told detectives she did not know Lawrence. Court records say the woman identified the attacker in a lineup.

Lawrence has been jailed on a $100,000 cash-only bail. Court documents say he was on probation for a 2013 attempted burglary conviction.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Lawrence has an attorney.
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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch