‘Person of interest’ in police custody after mugging leaves vet paralyzed after Cards game

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Chris Sanna, 43

Chris Sanna, 43

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - A 'person of interest' is in police custody in connection with a mugging that left a veteran paralyzed after a St. Louis Cardinals game. Police Chief Sam Dotson says the person is in custody in St. Louis County on unrelated charges.

The suspect is a man in his 30s, according to a police source. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that surveillance video links the suspect to the robbery. He was arrested over the weekend on domestic assault and weapons charges.

Chris Sanna, a 43-year-old Army veteran was at Busch Stadium Friday night to celebrate his mom`s birthday. When Chris and his girlfriend headed to his car parked at the old Cathedral, a man jumped out of a car at Memorial Drive and Walnut and robbed them. They complied. As they started to run away the thief fired two shots one hitting Chris` spinal cord.

Chris' mother Candis Sanna says her son fell to the ground and the gunman went through is pockets after he shot him. She says Chris thought he was going to take a bullet to the temple but a car came up so the suspect ran back to his car and took off.

Chief Dotson says it is impossible to put a police officer on every corner. "There are officers that are working secondary at the ballgame, there were additional officers managing traffic, there was a supplemental patrol of a dozen officers so there were officers downtown but an officer on every corner is not something we can achieve."

This is the third time this month a robbery victim in the city has been shot after handing over their possessions to the thief. The chief has asked the FBI to help in the investigation.

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