Police hope arrest of carjacking suspects clear recent cases

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – St. Louis police say they have two juvenile teenagers in custody who they believe may be tied to a series of carjackings in south St. Louis.

There have been at least five carjacking cases on the city’s south side since Friday, and a car chase involving county police after another car theft at gunpoint led police to the teens.  County police tell FOX 2 three teenagers approached a man on Tesson Ferry Road late Sunday morning, pulling a gun on him, robbing him, and taking his red Nissan Altima.  There was a chase that ended with a crash in the city.  Two of the three teens were caught after a foot chase with the third escaping.

Police immediately started looking at the string of cases from over the weekend.  Two men described as possibly being teenagers approached a woman in a similar fashion on Fillmore in the Carondelet neighborhood, Friday.  There had another carjacking that night at a gas station along South Grand in the Dutchtown neighborhood about twenty minutes earlier.

The following morning a woman was carjacked on Morganford when an SUV pulled up alongside her and the suspect pulled a gun, forced her out, and took the car.

That night, about a mile away, in the Bevo Mill neighborhood three men appearing to be teenagers came up on a woman visiting her family.

The victim’s mother says, “He yanks her and throwed her on the ground.  She said, ‘I’m going to see my grandma!  Leave me alone!’ They had a pistol and it clicked and it scared her to death but it didn’t go off.”

Her car was taken.  It was about fourteen hours later the chase from the county happened.

But later that night, there was another carjacking, involving two men who may have been teenagers.  The victim, who asked us not to use his name, says he and his partner had just pulled into their garage near Tower Grove Park.  He says one man approached the passenger side, the other his side, and both had guns.

“I then notice there’s this person here on my side as well. Then that’s my focus of course, and I’m sitting here looking at this man who’s holding a gun on me,” he said in an interview Monday.

“He says get the @#$% out of the car, and we did.  I fully expected to be robbed.”

In this case, they didn’t get away with the car.  The victim says they apparently didn’t know how to drive a stick shift and couldn’t start it.  They ran instead, in the same direction the victim had run to.

“I expected to be shot if they saw me a second time.”

Despite the fact this happened after two of the three county suspects were arrested, the man says he was asked to come to the juvenile division to look at a lineup Monday night.

City police wouldn’t comment further on the investigation, only saying in an email, “St. Louis City investigators are working to determine if the juvenile suspects are responsible for recent carjackings in the area. We will let you know of any updates in the case.”