MNPD officers had to deploy a taser late Tuesday night to take a local prostitute known as “Strawberry”, real name Rachel Thatcher, into custody on outstanding warrants, including one for attempted murder. Thatcher has a tattoo of the nickname “Strawberry” on her neck.
According to police, on August 27th at 5:33 PM they were General Hospital in response to a gunshot victim, Christopher Cruz, who was privately transported to the emergency department. A witness (who was also the driver of the car Cruz was in), Mr. Murphy, states that he and Cruz were near 16th Ave North & Cockrill Street attempting to solicit a prostitute he knew as “Strawberry”. The witness advised officers that “Strawberry” and Cruz negotiated and agreed on price, and she put her belongings in Mr. Murphy’s car while she went to purchase narcotics before the adult festivities began.
Murphy states that when “Strawberry” returned, she produced a firearm and demanded Cruz’s money. Cruz reportedly told her that he wasn’t going to give her his money, and “Strawberry” shot Cruz in the stomach. Murphy then drove Cruz to the hospital where he was in critical condition and required emergency surgery.
At 6:47 PM that same evening, police presented Murphy with a photo line-up, where he identified “Strawberry” as the shooter. Police identified “Strawberry” as Rachel Thatcher, 29. Arrest warrants were issued and signed just after 8 PM on 08/27/18.
Late Tuesday night, 09/04/18, officers located Rachel Thatcher (“Strawberry”) at 16th Ave North near Buchanan Street and attempted to place her into custody. Thatcher refused to remove her hand from her pocket, and was acting ‘hysterical’ according to an officer’s report, while staying in a ‘defensive position’. The officer then deployed his taser, immobilizing Thatcher, so she could be placed into custody.
Rachel “Strawberry” Thatcher is charged with attempted criminal homicide, firearm during commission of a felony, especially aggravated robbery, weapon – felon in possession, aggravated assault w/deadly weapon, and resisting arrest. She is currently held on a $521,000 bond. She is also charged with vehicular homicide from a March 26th incident, for which the grand jury just returned an indictment.