HOUSE SPRINGS, Mo. – Authorities in Jefferson County say the manhunt continues for a man who attacked a person with a machete at a High Ridge gas station.
The incident happened around 3 p.m. Tuesday at a High Ridge gas station. The suspect eventually left the gas station and, while driving away from the area, sideswiped a school bus carrying students from the Northwest R-1 School District.
The suspect eventually lost control of his car on Highway MM near Heads Creek Road and crashed. Deputies spent several hours looking for the man to no avail.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged 31-year-old Ted Treece with first-degree assault and armed criminal action in connection with the attack.
Treece is not in custody yet, according to Grant Bissell, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office. Treece is well-known to authorities, Bissell said.
The sheriff dismissed rumors that the suspect was the “machete man from Cedar Hill,” Bissell said.
Bissell is confident Treece will be apprehended in due time.
The suspect and the victim at the gas station knew one another, Bissell said. This was not a random attack.
Bissell also corrected an earlier report from law enforcement saying someone disarmed the attacker and used the machete against him. After speaking with witnesses and reviewing the surveillance footage, investigators determined that was not the case.
However, Bissell said the suspect did strike the victim with the machete. The victim suffered only a small injury to his face. The suspect was bloodied during the attack.