ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – An 18-year-old south St. Louis man, who police say was dressed in an Arab sheikh costume, is facing a possible peace disturbance charge. This comes after what appeared to be a prank terrorist attack against a woman standing on the corner of Hampton and Nottingham Tuesday evening.
The costumed suspect jumped out of a car and threw a backpack at a woman. He then fled with two other men in the car.
Video of a similar prank has appeared on YouTube for several months. The incident was observed by an off-duty St. Louis police officer out for an evening run. He chased the young men who drove the vehicle backwards the wrong way on Nottingham, a one-way street.
Patrick Theodore, who lives on Nottingham, warns this kind of prank could prove deadly. "What if the lady would have backed out into traffic as she ran from the threat?” Theodore said she could have been hit by a car and killed. He also suggested anyone carrying a concealed weapon might have pulled a gun on the teenager not realizing it was a prank.
It will be up to the St. Louis City Counselor Office to decide whether to prosecute the 18-year-old on the peace disturbance charge which is a city ordinance violation. The case would be handled in the city Municipal Court.