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Two East St. Louis women charged after attack in Family Dollar

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According to data from the FBI, property and violent crimes continue to decrease in Illinois, though the violent crime's are still slightly higher than the national average.
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According to data from the FBI, property and violent crimes continue to decrease in Illinois, though the violent crime's are still slightly higher than the national average.

Prosecutors have charged two women in connection with an attack inside Family Dollar in East St. Louis last month.

Mylinda Smith, 20, and Jamie Stringer, 23, both of East St. Louis, were charged in St. Clair County on May 13 with one count of aggravated battery and one count of mob action each, East St. Louis police said.

According to police, the women entered the store at 2318 State Street on May 10 and started battering a woman inside. Police did not say if Smith or Stringer knew the woman. She suffered minor injuries from the assault.

Bail was set at $30,000 for both Smith and Stringer. According to St. Clair County Court records, Smith’s next court appearance is June 20, while Stringer’s is July 1.

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Hana Muslic has been a public safety reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat since August 2018, covering everything from crime and courts to accidents, fires and natural disasters. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and her previous work can be found in The Lincoln Journal-Star and The Kansas City Star.