St. Joseph Mother and children assaulted with ‘wooden stick’

A mother and two children were taken to the hospital after being assaulted by a man near 13th and Charles streets early Saturday afternoon.

The incident was reported around noon when residents in the Museum Hill District heard screaming and called police.

“He was using a wooden stick,” St. Joseph Police Department Officer Roy Wedlow said of the suspect. “The stick could have been taken from a chair or a table, or some other household object.”

Emergency units quickly arrived to the area and police apprehended the man, whose identity was not immediately released.

“At this time we’re not absolutely certain on everyone’s name,” Wedlow said. “The three pedestrians that were assaulted went to the hospital for treatment of their injuries, and the subject — he was taken to jail.”

The victims suffered bruises and head injuries, he said, but their wounds were not life-threatening.