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Suspect wanted for assault was re-arrested after being released from St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS – A suspect in a domestic assault was re-arrested on Friday after he was initially released within three hours of his arrest for testing positive for COVID-19. The first arrest occurred on January 4.

The second arrest comes 16 days after an order from Judge David Roither of St. Louis Circuit. The City of St. Louis said its department arrested Payne again on Friday, with the help of the St. Louis.

Joe Vaccaro, chairman of the City of St. Louis and 23rd Ward Alderman said when he heard Payne was released, he was very angry.

“That means the police now have to work twice as hard, which doesn’t make any sense,” Vaccaro said. “I want to know who can release someone like that, they are not prosecutors and they are not judges, I think someone could end up in jail for this.”

Vaccaro says he wants answers.

“He grabbed me and punched me in the face,” the victim said in an exclusive interview with Fox 2 News’ Andy Banker on Thursday. We do not disclose her identity.

“I was waking up when he grabbed a pot of soup that was cooking on the stove and threw it at me,” she said. “He was armed, so I called the police.”

Payne was charged with two counts of domestic felony assault. The victim said she was living with Payne, with their teenage child, at home at the time of the attack. The victim said Payne was arrested after the attack but released within three hours of his arrest for testing positive for COVID-19.

“Having covid is not a free ride, a card out of jail, it doesn’t make any sense,” Vaccaro said. He said someone needs to be held accountable and asked the Director of Public Safety and the head of the prison to attend Wednesday’s safety meeting.

“If you’re not a judge or you’re not a prosecutor, it’s illegal to let someone go,” he added.

Judge David Roither of St. Louis Circuit issued an order the day after the assault and release, stating that Payne was a danger to his victims and the community.

Roither agreed with Circuit Counsel, Kim Gardner’s office, that Payne would be held in “non-binding” custody pending her initial court date.

It took 16 days to recapture Payne. On Thursday, the City of St. Louis released a statement detailing that it was not solely responsible for which prisoners were released.

“The City of St. Louis (DOC) is working to minimize the spread of COVID-19 among employees and detainees while working to keep the public safe,” she said.

Jennifer Clemons-Abdullah, Regulatory Commissioner for the City of St. Louis, issued the following statement on Thursday:

“While the DOC accepts COVID-positive detainees, the DOC does not have the final authority to determine whether COVID-19-positive arrests who test positive are eligible for arrest. detention or not. With input from local hospitals, as well as guidance from the St. Louis and the Sheriff’s Office, the DOC will facilitate the isolation of arrested COVID-positive prisoners. We will continue to collaborate with these departments on a case-by-case basis.”

Victims have called for changes to the City of St. Louis in an exclusive interview with Fox 2’s Andy Banker on Thursday.

“Victims deserve justice,” Vaccaro said. “Justice came because they told us who chose to release this person even though the prosecutor sent a statement saying they didn’t want him tied up.”

Vaccaro said he will subpoena those involved if necessary to find out who did this and how they will be held accountable.

Mayor Tishaura Jones’s office did not respond to a request for comment Friday afternoon. Payne’s attorney did not respond to questions from FOX 2 on Thursday.

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Aila Slisco

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