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A robbery victim ran down her assailant with her car, but now its her that faces a murder charge

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Oct. 8 2021, Published 1:29 p.m. ET

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A woman who was a robbery victim turned her car into a weapon and ran over her attacker, police say. Now, she faces a murder charge.

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Around 3 a.m. Oct. 5, St. Paul, Minnesota, officials said Landis Rachel Hill, 31, called police from the department's headquarters.

According to authorities, Hill said she and her boyfriend, 31-year-old Christopher Dwayne Grayson, were sleeping in the backseat of the vehicle they lived in when a man came up to the vehicle, opened the driver’s door and stole a cell phone and money from the front seat.

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The couple yelled at the man, who asked them if they wanted to die before he ran away with the stolen items, the Pioneer Press reported.

Authorities said Grayson ran after the man with a baseball bat, but Hill drove after him in the car and hit the man near the entrance ramp to I-35.


Police checked the area the couple described, but they did not find anything.

Around 4:30 a.m., a truck driver called 911 to report a man lying on the side of the road. Officers went to the scene and found the man, identified as 21-year-old Al Rakip J. Zaidi. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Around 5 p.m. on Oct. 5, Hill and Grayson returned to police headquarters and Hill admitted she followed the man and hit him when she was driving 40 to 50 mph, police said.

Grayson told officers they were robbed at the same location on July 5, the Pioneer Press said.

When they initially left the scene, Hill told police that Zaidi’s leg was twitching.

She was upset over the situation but told police that Grayson convinced her they needed to report the matter to the police.

Hill and Grayson were initially arrested on Oct. 5 on suspicion of murder, but after the investigation Hill was charged with unintentional second-degree murder and criminal vehicular homicide, authorities said.

Officials said they did not charge Grayson as they did not have sufficient evidence to show he helped Hill, the Pioneer Press reported.


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