Apartments condemned after standoff, meth lab discovery

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ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) – A St. Charles man was taken into custody Sunday night after authorities said he threatened to harm himself and police.    Authorities say the man called police and said he was armed with a weapon.  Neighbors were evacuated as smoke was visible from the man’s apartment in the 300 block of South 4th street.

Desiree Frost captured the scene on video as the man walked out of his own apartment.  His face was charred.  Police used a device known as a flash bang to safely apprehend the suspect.  The device stunned the suspect without using lethal force.  He fell to the ground while officers swarmed him and applied handcuffs.

A few hours later, police said they found evidence of a meth lab inside the suspect’s apartments.  They had suspicions meth was involved.  It was one reason they evacuated homes in the area.

A spokesman for the St. Charles fire department said the suspect was taken to an area hospital in critical condition.

St. Charles inspectors condemned the apartment units because of the fire and evidence of a meth lab.  The American Red Cross was assisting residents Sunday night.    Police did not know how long it would be before residents could return.

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  • b

    Good we in st.Charles want all these dumpy apartments closed. No section 8 and NO Metrolink. Keep St.Charles clean!!!

    • Mary C Blair

      My sister lives in the “what you call a dumpy apartment” You “b” are a jerk. Two of the other residents that live there work for the airlines as flight attendant. These are hard working people just living their lives. I thank God no one was hurt or killed. As for you well your comment speaks volumes.

    • digitalmama07

      The Chuck is faaaaaaar from clean. There are problems here, just like EVERYWHERE ELSE. You just choose to turn a blind eye to it, apparently.

      I myself find the lack of public transporation/Metrolink here frustrating.

  • Hiroshi

    No section 8/Metrolink, your lack of knowledge on the subject is pretty embarrasing considering the prejudice of your comment. You do realize that middle class white suburbanites are just as likely, if not more likely to be using, making, or purchasing ‘drugs’.

    Drugs have no racial or economic boundries, and St. Charles is FAR from “clean”

  • Bo

    You “b” are an idiot… it wasn’t even his apartment. It belongs to an older gentleman that was letting him stay there.

  • Igor

    The person who wrote the title of the video needs to learn proper grammar. The word “have” should be used, not the word “of”… Pathetic.

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