Man Arrested for Alleged Carriage Jacking

Roche Madden and Chris Pilcic, Fox 2 (St. Louis), May 10, 2012

A St. Louis man is behind bars after police say he stole a horse-drawn carriage and assaulted the driver and the horse. It happened late Tuesday night near 8th and Chestnut.

A driver and horse from St. Louis Carriage Company were the victims. Jenny Holzum is a spokeswoman for the company. She said, “I’m angry I’m real angry. He put people in danger all over the city.”

A man who police identified as Johnny Medina, 40, jumped onto a carriage as the driver and a horse named Harry were headed back to the barn after a night of work.  Police say the Medina hit the driver over the head with a cane.  The cane broke.  The 60-year-old driver jumped off and the suspect took the reins.  Harry seemed to sense something was wrong and began galloping through the downtown streets towards the barn just south of Busch Stadium

People helped the driver and brought him to the carriage company.  But, the ordeal was not over.  Part of the carriage smashed into a trolley car.  The suspect jumped from the carriage and began hitting and attacking the horse.

The driver got between the horse and the attacker.  Other people moved in and subdued the suspect.




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  • WmarkW

    Gee, talk about problems we thought had been solved long ago.

  • Horse thieves were once executed, because one’s horse was both one’s transportation and most important farm implement.

  • Up to my neck in CA

    This video has a picture of Johnny Medina in all of his glory at the .38 second mark.

  • The suspect:

  • This is odd RAMZPAUL just made a youtube vid about a guy that was killed having sex with a horse.

  • Surprising this feral ‘groid didn’t sodomize the horse….

  • IstvanIN

    Good grief.  This story could have happened in 1900.  Black man steals horse and buggy, can’t drive, crashes into trolley.  The major difference is then he would have been dispatched without delay.  Today, a little jail time and a slap on the wrist for an otherwise good “baby daddy” who just had a bad day.

  • Anan7

    This reminds me of that scene in Blazing Saddles where Mongo punches out the horse.

  • splitsing

    He mistook the carriage horse for a blue bull. I blame the legacy of slavery and institutional white racism.

  • Hey now, maybe the poor guy was hungry?  Give him a break!

    I can’t really think of any other reason a black person would hijack a carriage unless he was just off his rocker on drugs, but I assume that would be mentioned if it were the case.

    • Sadly, I don’t think drugs are necessary. The term “chimp-out”, though unnecessarily inflammatory IMHO, is an unfortunately accurate description of phenomena sometimes. I’d guess this is one such case.

  • ageofknowledge

    You can take the negro out of the ghetto but not the ghetto out of the negro.

  • whiteuncleruckus

    black people suck

  • Detroit_WASP

    Oh great, now the horse is going to be a RACIST!