Man Bites, Strangles Lauren Bach to Death in the Bathtub (Homicide No. 53)

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Police found Lauren Back unresponsive in a bath tub.
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.

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.

See also: Homicide No. 49: Teenage Ex-Girlfriend Stabs Thearon Maxey in Chest with Butcher Knife

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.

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The 6100 block of Alaska Avenue.
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.

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:

Incident: Homicide

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.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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Tara J. Kinder
Tara J. Kinder

Unless the killer specifically says he's mimicking some kind of media, they should not be referenced. How distasteful to the family and defaming for a show that wasn't involved.

Trish Bach
Trish Bach

I am very disappointed in the riverfront times. This is my sister in law. You are posting this crap like it's some kind of joke. She was brutally Murdered by this piece of crap of human being. Just for the record, this was not her fiancé. Nobody deserves this. You need to get your facts straight before you start posting things. That's all I'm going to say on this. Lauren was a beautiful person who was stuck in a very bad situation. May she rest in peace and know that she was loved by many! We love you baby girl.

mylilhalfpint
mylilhalfpint

I am very disappointed in the riverfront times. This is my sister in law. You are posting this crap like it's some kind of joke. She was brutally Murdered by this piece of crap of human being. Just for the record, this was not her fiancé. Nobody deserves this. You need to get your facts straight before you start posting things. That's all I'm going to say on this. Lauren was a beautiful person who was stuck in a very bad situation. May she rest in peace and know that she was loved by many! We love you baby girl.

Rob Compton
Rob Compton

WHAT - THE - FUCK. Not a TV show. Somebody died.

Katie Markert
Katie Markert

That's it...I'm done with you RFT. This was an old friend of mine's cousin and you report the death like it's some kind of TV show? Just SICKENING. Have some freaking compassion and respect for the deceased...jesus fucking christ...

thebeechlover621
thebeechlover621

Raheem, isn't that a SAMBO name?????????   Just like the O bamster minions to commit a horrific crime against a YT. Wind chimes comes to mind.

aaronmccoy242
aaronmccoy242 topcommenter

what???? according to his FB page he be lovin Jesus a lot.  Sheiiiiit

Jason M Parker
Jason M Parker

Look up Raheem Thorpe on Facebook. There is only one in st louis. Could be him.

Mark Alan
Mark Alan

we live in a sick, sick society

Jason M Parker
Jason M Parker

The Facebook sleuths and keyboard warriors on kmov and fox2 pages have been a cesspool of human commentary on this. Even attacking Ms Bach's aunt.

dalediversity
dalediversity topcommenter

This used to be a nice area, before it "diversified".  

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

@dalediversity No shit, why don't you tell your Mom to quit inviting these cats over for her 2 for 1 soul brother backdoor specials? That ho be bringing down the property values.

Nezello
Nezello

@jaco1175 @Nezello The HIGHEST form of IGNORANCE is when you reject something you know nothing about = WILLFULLY OR HOPELESSLY STUPID...

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