East St. Louis police are asking for the public’s help locating a woman authorities say used her car as a weapon, attempting to run down a group of women after an argument.
Moeshia Allen, 19, whose last known address was 1235 McCasland, Apt. 3E, has been charged with four counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, four counts of battery in a public place and one account of failing to report an injury after a motor vehicle crash.
Here’s the YouTube video (Warning: It is intense at one point) showing the car plowing into the women:
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The incident happened June 27 on Piggott Avenue, near the John DeShields housing project. Police have been unable to locate the suspect for two months. They hope the public will help get her into custody.
Police say the suspect was captured in video attempting to drive a Pontiac Sunbird into a group of women as the targets screamed in terror. Those women were able to get up and walk away after being knocked to the ground by the vehicle.
Juan McCoy, the lead investigator on this case, said Allen was charged Tuesday by the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s office and since then, police have been looking for her. He said the victims, whom he did not identify, and the suspect attempted to engage in a physical altercation at 15th Street and Piggott.
“Before that could take place, the suspect disappeared from the crowd and went around the corner. She came back driving a vehicle, which she drove directly into the crowd where the four victims were,” McCoy said.
From the video, which was captured by an onlooker, the four victims’ bodies flew upside down in the air before they landed on the ground. They sustained minor injuries, McCoy said.
Allen also ran into an orange Chevrolet Avalanche truck. The driver of the truck, who McCoy did not identify, chased Allen’s vehicle. She drove down a dead-end street, hopped out and ran off.
McCoy said Allen reached speeds of up to 45 mph as she drove into the victims.
He said the car did not belong to her.
“The actual driver of the car told us that she told her to scoot over because she was going to drive the car. She told the original driver of the car she was getting ready to run over these b-----s,” McCoy said.
Anyone with information about Allen’s whereabouts is asked to call the East St. Louis Police Department at 618-482-6767.