One-Armed Man Used Prosthetic Limb In Assault And Attempted Jail Break

A St. Louis man has a history of using his mechanical arm to inflicte bodily harm. 

By Benjamin H. Smith

A one-armed St. Louis man is accused of wielding his prosthetic appendage as a weapon in more than one incident. Police arrested Joshua Stockinger, 28, on July 7th after he rammed a man with his car, breaking the man’s legs, following a traffic dispute. When the injured man’s wife tried to detain him as he attempted to flee the scene of the crime, Stockinger removed his mechanical arm and clubbed her over the head with it. The couple was treated for their injuries at an area hospital.

Stockinger fled on foot but was soon apprehended by authorities. While in custody, he flew into a rage and again used his fake limb as a club and tried to break the jail cell’s glass doors. Last May, Stockinger was arrested for first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer after hitting a policeman over the head with his arm multiple times during a dispute at a car dealership. In that case his arm was confiscated as evidence. He is currently being held on $150,000 bail and being charged with first and second degree-assault, leaving the scene of a crash and armed criminal action, no pun intended. His arm and other personal belongings are being held as collateral. 

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