Last summer, Diamond Reynolds made headlines after her boyfriend Philando Castile was shot to death during a traffic stop and it was all captured on Facebook live (click here and here if you missed that).
Diamond has been arrested after being accused of beating a woman with a hammer.
Diamond was arrested this week after authorities say she and two friends brutally beat a woman. Reynolds allegedly used a hammer in the attack.
According to twincities.com:
On Tuesday, police say a 24-year-old woman in St. Paul suffered serious injuries in an assault. Officers arrested Reynolds and two other women in the case Thursday, and they were all charged Friday.
One of the woman told police “there was a continuing conflict between her and” a friend of Tuesday’s assault victim. In February, Reynolds “specifically” threatened “to come after the victim” in a Facebook post, according to the criminal complaint.
Reynolds, of West St. Paul, was charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and third-degree assault – inflicting substantial bodily harm.
Police were notified about the case around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Officers responded to a 911 call about an assault in progress on Jessamine Lane near Hazelwood Street, and paramedics took the victim to Regions Hospital.
At the hospital, officers saw the victim had blood on her face that appeared to be coming from her forehead, along with blood on her shirt. She reported she’d been driving earlier on Magnolia Avenue when she noticed a sport-utility vehicle make a U-turn and follow her as she approached Barclay Street. As she parked on Jessamine Lane and got out of her vehicle, she heard someone holler at her, the complaint said.
The woman looked up and saw Reynolds and another woman, later identified as 28-year-old Chnika Blair, coming at her. Reynolds ran up and punched her in the head with a closed fist, while Blair grabbed her hair, according to the complaint.
At one point, Reynolds hit her in the head with a hammer, knocking her to the ground and continued to strike her in the head with the hammer when she was on the ground, the complaint continued. The woman said she “blacked out for a moment” and then saw Reynolds striking her vehicle’s windshield, which broke.
Another vehicle pulled up and a woman she knew as Dyamond Richardson, 25, got out, chased her down and sprayed bear repellent at her, according to the complaint. The suspects then left in two vehicles with seven or eight people between them.
After police arrested Richardson, she told them about the past conflict between her and the victim’s friend, identified in the complaint as Y.G. On Feb. 9, the victim and Y.G. came to Richardson’s work and started a fight with her, Richardson reported.
Reynolds claimed Y.G. had damaged her vehicle and wanted to fight, according to Richardson. Blair and Reynolds “agreed to help Richardson fight and find Y.G.,” so they rode in two different vehicles to the victim’s house in search of Y.G., the complaint continued.
Richardson said that when she got there, “the victim was getting up off the ground and was all ‘jacked up,’ as she was bleeding from the face and her hair was matted,” and she tried to use bear spray on her, the complaint said.
Richardson and Blair, who are both St. Paul residents, were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and aiding and abetting third-degree assault – inflicting substantial bodily harm.
Prosecutors on Friday charged 27-year-old Diamond Reynolds with felony assault in the alleged hammer attack