St. Louis Public Radio News
9:22 am
Tue October 14, 2008

Worker at downtown homeless shelter hurt in attack

St. Louis – A homeless woman has been charged with assault for allegedly beating a worker at the New Life Evangelistic Center shelter downtown.

The victim is Virginia Shelley, a formerly homeless woman who is now a supervisor at the shelter.

Police say Shelley's back and head were injured when she was knocked to the floor. There's no word on what provoked the attack.

Pamela Fraction has been charged in the case. The incident Thursday was the third violent attack at a New Life facility this year.

In January, a man in a job skills program near Jefferson City went on a rampage with a chainsaw and injured four people.

And in February, Jeremy Dunlap, 21, was stabbed to death at the St. Louis shelter.