Zachary Tyler Leist, 30, of Arnold was charged with three felonies after he allegedly hit two women with a flashlight. The incident happened about 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 outside a mobile home on Wagon Wheel Court in Arnold, according to court records.
On Nov. 13, Leist was charged with first-degree assault, a class A felony that carries a penalty of 10 to 30 years or life in prison; second-degree assault, a class D felony punishable by up to seven years in prison; and armed criminal action, an unclassified felony punishable by up to three years in prison.
As of Nov. 15, Leist was being held in the Jefferson County Jail on a $250,000 cash-only bond.
According to Arnold Police, Leist and a 32-year-old Arnold woman went to the mobile home on Wagon Wheel Court to recover items the woman said she had left there. However, a 24-year-old woman and a 25-year-old woman, both of Arnold, would not let the two enter the home. After the 32-year-old tried to force her way in but was unable to get past the women, she allegedly brandished a knife, the report said.
Leist then allegedly struck the 24-year-old and the 25-year-old in their faces with a large black flashlight, according to a probable-cause statement.
The 24-year-old had multiple bone fractures under her bottom row of teeth, and on Nov. 13, she underwent surgery at St. Louis University Hospital because of the injuries, the probable-cause statement said.
The 25-year-old had significant swelling inside her mouth, as well as open wounds, the report said.
Leist was arrested on Nov. 10 at a relative’s home. The relative allegedly told police he drove Leist and the 32-year-old to the mobile home, the probable-cause statement said.
Arnold Police interviewed the 32-year-old woman about the incident on Nov. 12, and they will seek charges against her through the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for second-degree assault and armed criminal action, Lt. Clinton Wooldridge said on Nov. 14.
Leist has at least seven prior felony convictions and was placed on five years’ probation in 2018, after he pleaded guilty to a first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle stemming from a 2017 incident in St. Louis. He was sentenced to seven years in prison in March 2018 for that offense, but the sentence was suspended and he was placed on probation, court records said.
He did serve 30 days in jail after pleading guilty to misdemeanor resisting arrest tied to that incident, according to court documents.
In 2010, Leist pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property and unlawful possession, transport, manufacture, repair or sale of an illegal weapon connected to a 2009 incident in Festus, and he was sentenced to five years in prison, court records show.
Also in 2010, Leist pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance after he was arrested in 2009 in Pevely and sentenced to five years, according to court documents.
In 2011, he was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle following an arrest in Pevely, and he also pleaded guilty to a drug possession charge that year stemming from a 2010 incident in Festus, according to court papers.
Also in 2011, Leist pleaded guilty to a forgery and received a three-year sentence for a 2010 incident in Ste. Genevieve County, court records show.