Kenneth Canamore, 35, of the 800 block of Bell Avenue in Webster Groves, was recently charged with two felony counts of assault and two felony counts of armed criminal action, according to the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. He is being held on a $25,000 cash-only bond.
The attacks happened May 3 in the 6600 block of Delmar Boulevard at about 4:45 p.m.
Capt. Fredrick Lemons of the University City Police Department said the attacks appear to be random, as the victim and the suspects did not know each other. He said he did not know what may have motivated the attacks.
Lemons said the first attack happened when Canamore approached and then punched a Washington University student sitting outside of a restaurant. The victim ran into the nearby Corner 17 Noodles & Bubble Tea next to Starbucks and Canamore followed, according to Lemons. Once inside, Canamore hit another student and an employee with a hammer. He then left the restaurant and sped away in a black Jeep Patriot.
Police pursued the vehicle, but lost sight of it. Authorities later located the Jeep at a Webster Groves residence and arrested Canamore.
Lemons said the first victim suffered minor injuries. The victims attacked with a hammer suffered serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, he added. On May 6, Lemons reported that both victims were in stable condition.