Suspects in Soulard carjacking range from 6 to 15 years old

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - St. Louis police are investigating a carjacking late Tuesday night in Soulard.  The ages of the five suspects involved might make you do a double take.  Police say the suspects range in age from six to 15.

The carjacking happened at around 10:30 Tuesday night, on the 1900 block of Menard in Soulard.  Police say two boys, a 15-year-old and a 12-year-old, robbed a woman with a pellet gun that looked like a semi-automatic pistol, and stole her car. Then they picked up three friends.

Meanwhile the victim flagged down officers, who started pursuing the stolen car. But the kids didn’t stop.  Finally, they got into a minor wreck at 7th and Geyer, and police caught up to them.  Police say five people got out of the car and ran: two 15-year-olds, a 13-year-old, a 12-year-old, and a six year-old.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says, “I don’t think a 15-year-old, a 13-year-old, a 12-year-old and a six year-old could make intelligent decisions in a car late at night when a police car is behind them. They ran from us. If one of those young people would have turned and pointed a gun at a police officer, I think the outcome could have been predictable.”

Three of the juveniles were released to their parents, who were issued a summons for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The other two will be charged in juvenile court.  Dotson adds, “It’s actually mind-boggling that a parent would allow their child, a six year-old, out of their span of control, in a car, driven by a 15-year-old, armed with what looks like a gun, that was just taken in a robbery. I think contributing to the delinquency of a minor is actually—we’re letting them off easy.”

What’s even more shocking is that police believe this group of juveniles is responsible for up to seven robberies of this nature.  That possibility is currently under investigation.​

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