ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. – Ray Tate is now charged for the shooting and carjackings at a St. Peter’s QuikTrip. The crimes happened after he allegedly killed an Illinois deputy last week.
The St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar said Tate carjacked a semi-truck driver between southern Illinois and St. Peters. The truck pulled into the St. Peters gas station so they could use the restroom. Lohmar said Tate escorted the truck driver inside at gunpoint and stole the driver’s phone. The driver was able to get away.
Lohmar said Tate then tried to carjack someone else at the gas station but his attempt was unsuccessful. He then allegedly went to another victim’s car, shot that victim, and stole the car.
Lohmar said that car was found abandoned about a mile away in a business park off I-70 in O’Fallon, Mo. Police were able to pull surveillance and saw Tate confront the owner of a white Nissan truck. Tate allegedly ordered the driver into the truck at gunpoint and they drove to Illinois.
Tate was arrested later that day after barricading himself inside someone else’s home in Carlyle, Illinois. The kidnapping victim and homeowner, Leonard Cox, were uninjured. Cox told FOX 2 that the situation was terrifying, and he hopes justice is served.
“It was stressful and pretty scary for me and the other fellow in my home,” said Cox. “Let’s let the judicial system do its due course and pray for the best that they do its best and they nail him for everything, for the maximum.”
Tate is facing several charges, including first-degree murder in the death of Wayne County Deputy Sean Riley, 38. Tate is also charged with kidnapping, assault, carjacking, and robbery.
Riley’s funeral was held Tuesday morning. He was allegedly shot by shot Tate on Dec. 29 while assisting a motorist near Mill Shoals, Illinois on I-64. His squad car was missing from the scene and was found abandoned on I-64.
Wayne County Sheriff Chris Otey remembered Riley as a devoted deputy and family man.
“The only thing Sean cared about being more than a deputy was his family,” said Otey. “To them, I cannot express how truly sorry I am.”
Philip Trent, the pastor of Wesleyan Church, said Riley “was happy to go out of his way to help.”
“He was always doing something kind for someone,” Trent said. “That’s just who he was. He didn’t see life as something that was supposed to revolve around him, and if it started to, he’d make sure it didn’t.”
Tate is currently being held at the Wayne County Department of Corrections.