ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – A convicted bank robber who just finished a term in federal prison in February is back behind bars now facing multiple felony charges in St. Charles and St. Louis counties.
Darrell Bolden, 37, described as being from both Hillsdale and St. Ann, is accused of using a gun to hold up a check cashing business in St. Peters and a mattress store in South St. Louis County. Police consider him a serial robber.
Court records indicate Bolden was wearing a ski mask during the May 28 holdup at the Giant Mattress store on South Lindbergh. During a fight with the victim, the mask was ripped off. Police retrieved DNA from inside the mask and used it to identify Bolden. The police statement describes a struggle over the suspect's gun in which Bolden pulled the trigger while trying to direct the gun at the victim's head. The gun failed to fire.
The St. Louis County Grand Jury has indicted Bolden on four charges: attempted robbery, assault in the first degree and two counts of armed criminal action. He is being held in the St. Louis County Jail on a $150,000 bond.
Wednesday, the St. Charles County Prosecutor issued similar charges against Bolden for a holdup at Check 'n Go in the 4100 block of Mexico Road in St. Peters.
St. Peters Police spokeswoman Officer Melissa Doss said Bolden admitted to seven holdups after his initial arrest. "He said he committed the robberies because he had a gambling problem. We're very happy that he is caught and he's off the road and he'll be in jail for quite some time," she added.