FLORISSANT, MO (KTVI) – Neighbors in the 2200 block of Central Parkway in North St. Louis County were surprised to learn they slept through a police stand-off Thursday night into early Friday morning.
St. Louis County police say 53-year-old Craig J. Smith barricaded himself inside his home for several hours before giving up about 3:30 AM. He was wanted for threatening to shoot his neighbors with a semi-automatic hand gun just before midnight.
A probable cause statement released by the prosecutor’s office says Smith, who was naked called neighbors, who were sitting on their front porch, “terrorists.” Police said Smith was eight to ten feet away from them when he said, “I used to be in the Army, and I used to kill people like you for fun!”
Once police gained access to Smith’s home, they found the semi-automatic hand gun and a large quantity of other guns.
Smith was once an ATF licensed gun dealer. He no longer has that designation but his company, CJS Enterprises, is properly registered as a business in the State of Missouri.
The St. Louis County prosecutor charged him with a Class D felony of unlawful use of a weapon. He was held on a $25,000 cash only bond.
Neighbor Robert Sanders said Smith had issues with the neighbor’s toddler who touched his fence. “He (Smith) would fly off the handle…it’s just crazy,” said Sanders.
Another neighbor, Will Blechle said everyone knew he was a gun dealer. “It kind of aggravates you if you have kids. The amount and the items he actually had were kind of frightening,” Blechle said.
Both men said they are relieved no one was injured during the stand-off.
The St. Louis County Prosecutor’s Office said the case will go to the Grand Jury.