Man Bites, Strangles Lauren Bach to Death in the Bathtub (Homicide No. 53)
St. Louis Metropolitan police say they've arrested the man who bit a 24-year-old woman on her neck and back and strangled her in the bathtub during an argument over drugs.
Daniel Morrison via Flickr Police found Lauren Back unresponsive in a bath tub.
Lauren Bach, of the 5400 block of Rosa Avenue in south city, was unresponsive in the bathtub when police arrived at a house in the 6100 block of Alaska Avenue, near Carondelet Park, Wednesday night. Police say she had trauma to the head and neck, lacerations on her hands, and human bite marks on her neck and back.
The suspect, a 42-year-old man, had a laceration on his face and was treated at the hospital before police took him into custody. Police did not release details about his identity.
UPDATE, 3:20 p.m.: Police have identified the suspect as Raheem Thorpe, 42. He is charged with first degree murder and is being held without bond.
Police say Bach and her much older attacker got into an argument over drugs when the suspect started to bite and strangle her sometime between 6:30 and 7:10 p.m. Wednesday.
Google Maps The 6100 block of Alaska Avenue.
There have been 53 homicides in the City of St. Louis in 2014, according to a police tally.
Here's the full report from police:
Location: 6100 block of Alaska
Date/Time: 6/04/14 @ 18:30 - 19:10
Victim: Lauren Bach, 24-year old white female of the 5400 block of Rosa
Suspect: 42-year old black male
Officers responded to the above location and upon arrival, observed the victim lying in
the bathtub unresponsive. The victim had sustained trauma to the head, neck and had
lacerations on her hands and human bite marks to the neck and back. The victim was
conveyed to a hospital where she was pronounced deceased. Investigation revealed the
suspect and the victim were engaged in an argument over narcotics when an altercation
took place and the suspect subsequently bit and strangled the victim. The suspect was
treated at a local hospital for a laceration to the face, then was taken into custody. The
investigation is ongoing.