JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Jefferson County police are searching for a machete-wielding man who attacked a person inside a gas station before hitting a school bus as he tried to drive off.
The search began on Highway MM west of New 21 near House Springs. Authorities say 31-year-old Ted Treece, of High Ridge, alked into the gas station and hit a man with a machete. Treece was wearing sunglasses and a bandana over his face. Grant Bissell from the Jefferson County Police Department said the 31-year-old knew the victim and stressed this was not a “random attack”.
Warrants have been issued for Treece for first-degree assault and armed criminal action. He is not currently in custody.
“It was clearly targeted. The suspect went in to [the gas station] after this person,” Bissell said describing the incident.
Initial reports from officials claimed people inside the gas station were able to get ahold of the machete and used it on the suspect. However, after reviewing video and statements from witnesses, Bissell discovered the situation ended after the victim was struck in the face.
The victim told News 4 that he knows who the suspect is and have spoken a few times over the years. He said he was playing video slots when the suspect walked in with the machete in his hands and was talking but not making sense.
“The suspect himself was the one who’s actually bloodied up pretty bad,” Bissell continued.
At one point, the victim put the suspect in a headlock and broke a bottle over his head.
He sped away from the scene and then hit a school bus and crashed his car before running off.
He was last seen wandering into a wooded area. Wednesday, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the know the identity of the suspect and he is known to law enforcement.
Charges are expected to be issued Wednesday afternoon.
**Editor’s Note: Police originally told News 4 that the suspect was attempting to rob a gas station but later clarified this was a “targeted attack.”