Prosecutors Won't Charge 'Incompetent' Refugee Teen Who Brutalized Neighbor

Holly Matkin

Prosecutors have declined to charge the violent teen despite repeated attacks on neighbors and others in the community.

St. Louis, MO – A teenage refugee was allowed to walk free after he allegedly bludgeoned his female neighbor in the face and head with a metal rod.

“He is on top of me. There was blood everywhere,” Alicia Clarke said of the horrifying attack, according to KSDK. “I was literally fighting for my life at that point.”

The violent altercation occurred on Feb. 17, after Clarke went out for a run.

When she got back home, she realized that her personal cell phone was missing and that someone had moved her shoes to a different location.

Clarke used the Find My iPhone app to locate the missing phone, and discovered that it was still on her property grid.

She then pulled out her work phone and dialed up the number of her personal cell.

“I opened my back door…and I hear it in my neighbor behind me’s backyard,” Clarke told KSDK.

She hopped over the fence between the yards, grabbed up her phone, and hopped back over.

That’s when her neighbor, a six-foot-tall teenage male, came over the fence behind her and tackled her to the ground, Clarke said.

“He knocked me down – pulling hair, kicking,” she recounted.

The suspect snatched her phone away from her and ran off, but returned a moment later armed with a metal rod, KSDK reported.

"I am on the phone with St. Louis police dispatch, making my way to my back door, when he comes back with a weapon,” Clarke explained.

The suspect then jumped on her, stabbing her in the face and head with the wooden-handled tool.

Clarke somehow managed to strip the weapon away from him and ran into her house.

“I think if I didn’t make it to my back door, I would not be standing here right now,” the battered victim told KSDK.

Clarke suffered a puncture wound to her face, which had to be stitched closed.

Doctors used staples to close a laceration on the back of her head, but there was “nothing they can do” about her broken nose, Clarke told KSDK.

She was covered in scrapes and bruises.

The suspect, who had taken off with Clarke’s second cell phone after the second attack, was arrested on charges of second-degree burglary, first-degree robbery, and third-degree assault.

But when Clarke went to juvenile court for the teen’s first scheduled hearing a few days later, she learned that the prosecutor had already dropped the charges against her attacker, KSDK reported.

The matter never even went before the judge.

According to Clarke, court personnel told her that the teen has an IQ of 49 and that he was found incompetent to aid in his own defense.

"The most hurtful thing of all of this is the dropped charges. That was much more hurtful than the physical assault," Clarke told KSDK. “It's not feeling safe and honestly feeling like I've been failed by the system.”

A court spokesperson refused to comment on the case because the suspect is a juvenile, but said that the court is left with “few options” in such situations, KSDK reported.

"In those instances, we work with child guardians and agencies to help with services outside the court system," the spokesperson said.

Clarke said that the teen broke into her vehicle on three occasions prior to the attack, and a neighbor said that the same suspect had also broken into her home in the past, KSDK reported.

“This is going to happen again,” Clarke said.

Her sister, Andrea Clarke Flatley, has posted updates on Facebook about the events that transpired since the charges were dismissed.

She described the suspect as a 15-year-old refugee from Somalia.

“He is 6’ and [approximately] 175lbs, much larger than my sister,” Flatley wrote. “The prosecutor sympathized with our frustration and explained that because he is a mentally handicapped, juvenile refugee, every safeguard available is to his benefit and to Alicia’s detriment.”

“She went on to tell us, VERBATIM, that even if alicia had been KILLED, the outcome would be the same and that this case would be dismissed,” Flatley added. “We never entered a courtroom, saw a judge, nothing.”

Clarke ultimately got a restraining order against her attacker, which he promptly violated, according to Flatley.

“Turns out it only took the kid 4 days to violate the restraining order,” she wrote in an update. “Tonight (2/26) SLMPD and SWAT stormed his house and took him back into custody…Let’s see how the prosecutors office handles this gift of a second chance they’ve just been given.”

It is unclear whether or not the teen is still in custody.

Comments (87)
IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

His immigration status is irrelevant. He's 15 years old with an IQ of 49.... anyone who did what he did would be treated the exact same way.

I don't know what the solution is, but throwing him in jail isn't a good one. However, if this is a frequent thing, he does need to be isolated for the betterment of society.

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np116
np116

He has shown a propensity towards violence against you. Arm yourself and the next time he comes onto your property after you, consider that he put your life in grave danger and you fear for your life and take the appropriate action you deem necessary to protect yourself from harm. I know that there will be backlash for saying this, but YOUR safety trumps his diminished mental capacity. And if he is in fact that bad, why isn't he institutionalized. I guess they have to wait until he does kill someone before they take action. Sad that a criminal has more legal rights and support than a victim.

LindaLow
LindaLow

Arm yourself! If the courts and his family won't take appropriate action then it is up to you to defend yourself.

Deny777
Deny777

WOW

jrahh43
jrahh43

Once upon a time this type of behavior was taken care of in the town square.

videoruss
videoruss

Buy a very Big German Shepherd and a gun.

Tharros
Tharros

No good parent in thier right mind allows a mentally handicapped violent person into the community like this. This tells me that the SS/Disability check/food stamps and probably rent and utility assistance is far more important to them the the safety of both thier child and society. Parents should be locked up for failure to provide that child a suitable enviornment and putting society at risk as well.

Punisher1971
Punisher1971

The scumbag needs to be put away

Frank R
Frank R

Buy a gun, learn how to use it and kill his ass the next time.

ScaleriBrosLawyer
ScaleriBrosLawyer

Arm up and light him up like a Christmas tree next time he enters your property. What choice do you have?

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

needs to be put down

sherlock H
sherlock H

I find this story very hard to believe that he would be released to live next to the woman he assaulted. I think this is a phony story.

chiefd
chiefd

His immigration status is not irrelevant, he comes from Somalia. Read the book or see the movie, Black Hawk Down. It tells you what kind of people come from Somalia. They should not be allowed in this country, period. Yes, it's personal with me.

Simeron
Simeron

The solution is simple. The next time he attacks someone, don't bother calling the police. Put two rounds in his head and two rounds in his heart and be done with it. The police have shown they can't do anything because they can arrest him but the courts are going to let him go., So, put the rabid dog down and call it a day., Let them then try to prosecute you but you are defending yourself. Ask for a jury trial and lets see them try to convince a jury of your peers how you should have let this rabid dog continue attacking people.

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

With a witness, go back to the Prosecutor and ask him to institutionalize this animal and state very clearly that you fear for you life. Then buy a gun and get trained how to defend yourself. Appeal to your local community to fund an alarm system for your house. Also, always be aware of your surroundings. All of this helps to protect you and it supports your case. If he threatens you again, do not hesitate.

DR226
DR226

Somali, phew for a minute I thought he was black /sarc/. Do they have birth certificates in Somalia, how can it be proven he's actually 15 yo. Letting him go scott free with an IQ of 49 might give him the opinion he can't ever be held accountable for any crime he commits.

bryantrent
bryantrent

What the Hell

Stanracer
Stanracer

WTF!!!????😝☹👎

artw44
artw44

He needs to be deported as soon as possible.

Marxest
Marxest

That poor woman! This teen should be locked away for a time. He has shown a clear propensity for violence and he will attack this poor woman again. It's inevitable.

islander53
islander53

File a civil suit against the Somali pirates who brought him into this world. They have historical knowledge of his (past) actions and have failed to control him. Your only other choice is to treat him as the wild animal he is. SLOWLY EXHALE AND GENTLY SQUEEZE THE TRIGGER OF COURSE WANT TO YELL "STOP....STOP" FIRST.

Nana0408
Nana0408

Get a concealed weapons permit to protect yourself.

GMMiller
GMMiller

He needs to be institutionalized, he's a danger to himself and others, not locking him up is a disservice to all.

JDub
JDub

I've been a psychiatric nurse taking care of teens for almost 30 years. This is not new nor isolated. It goes back to when JFK decided to "Mainstream" instead of "Institutionalize". They closed down state hospitals and turned them loose on society. Prosecutors know that juries will not convict so they stick the perps on a psych ward for a few days, get them medicated, release them and they at once go off their meds. It's a constant revolving door.

XIHP308
XIHP308

Somali, the bain of our country thanks Obama for nothing. Their culture is much different than here and they brought it with them. Deport him if people cry about it send his parents with him as they've failed to take appropriate action.

As for the next person he attacks they should sue the DA for failure of their office. This has become beyond ridiculous.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

This lady and the neighbors all need to get armed!! The next time he steps foot on their property, blast his low IQ violent black ass to hell!!

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

If I could do it.....I'd buy her a damned gun!

chiefd
chiefd

He'd be dead in my neighborhood.

Steve326m
Steve326m

Easy solution: Wrap him up in chains. Attach 2 cement blocks. Fly him over the middle of the ocean at approx 10k feet so no decompression. Then dump his sorry POS ass out. His body will never be recovered. Done!

Micheal Sullivan
Micheal Sullivan

And this, friends and neighbors, is why God invented firearms.

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Go after whoever he lives with. And buy gun

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

I meant go after who he lives with legally. They are responsible for his actions..n yep i am sure they get a check

Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

This is why we used to have mental hospitals. People like this should not be allowed to roam free victimizing others.

Janderau
Janderau

Girl you need to secure your home and get protection. It seems like being an American citizen has its disadvantages. I am handicapped and carry for protection. I recommend getting a gun. If you do decide to get one, learn how to use and store it. I recommend getting a Concealed Weapons Permit.

Sam13p
Sam13p

Use the legal system. Sue his guardians asses off, if they can afford a refugee, they got money. Call ICE, get the little shithead deported. If all else fails buy a pistol called the Judge it is a revolver and shoots .410 shotgun shells and .45 long colt bullets. A perfect weapon for a lady. Load it with .410 birdshot alternating with the .45 's. Don't mention your problem to the gun shop people or anyone else , that would connect you buying the gun with your problem with the neighbor, and last don't do anything you are not prepared to live with the rest of your life.

Texmexgolf
Texmexgolf

If his family won't take care of him, send them all back to Somalia. Other than that, get a gun and protect yourself from this thug.

gubey
gubey

Governor Gavin Newsom[ California] just signed a bill that Teachers and Principals can no longer suspend students for any disruptive behavior because it affects minorities at a higher rate and they usually don't have parents at home, etc. It's really ubsurd. To think our politicians are so disconnected that they can look down from their mansions in Marin where they don't have to take their children to public schools and enable bad behavior ruining our country. SF is awash with Heroin and Meth addicts breaking in to cars at unbeleivable rates. Vagrants pooping all over the city. Liberal laws getting away from our countries roots are ruining this country for the next generations.

Manlius
Manlius

If he’s a “refugee” doesn’t he have a “sponsor?” Hold the sponsor accountable and/or take away his refugee status and deport him back to Omarland (Somalia)!

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

When he burglarizes the next person through a home invasion, perhaps they’ll have a weapon and shoot him.

LAW169
LAW169

This puke is smart enough to break into a locked domicile, hide fruits of the crime and operate a stolen smart phone. Why is he incompetent to stand trial?

Remember what Old Joe said, “Buy a shotgun. But a shotgun.”

Ramond
Ramond

I think she needs file charges against his parents or whom ever is responsible for him. Maybe then the courts will remove him from a home where he is obviously not getting the supervision he needs

thiefkechr
thiefkechr

Invite a LAWFUL GUEST to stay with you for a week or so. Enjoy your coffee, your jogs, & your life while that guest oversees your safety in the strictest adherence to Missouri law.
INFORMATION IS POWER TO TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR OWN LIFE CIRCUMSTANCES!
Expansion of the Castle Doctrine:
Other (law) changes include expansion of Missouri’s castle doctrine that will now allow for lawful guests to defend the property as though it were their own, and other language that all but removes the legal need to retreat before using deadly force.
One of the confusing things about the legal landscape of gun laws across the country is the diversity of laws and statutes between states..
Missouri-Castle-Doctrine the Castle Doctrine is a common law principle stating that an individual has no duty to retreat when in his or her home prior to using reasonable force, including deadly force, to protect themselves and their home. In some states, these rights also extend to one’s business or property, such as while in a automobile. In contrast, a stand your ground law is commonly associated with legislation, like Florida and now Missouri, that removes the need to be in a certain location, such as a home, before using deadly force, and instead empowers gun owners to defend themselves outside of their home or property.
With the passage of S.B. 656 Missouri gun owners will have benefit of both types of law, and will not be required to retreat, wherever they may be, prior to using deadly force.

GregoryThomas
GregoryThomas

Get armed.
Make sure you unload the entire magazine into him.
Remember this phrase: I was in fear for my life your honor.


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