Disabled woman victim of carjacking in South St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A disabled woman is the latest victim in a series of carjackings outside South St. Louis homes.  It happened Monday night across from Tower Grove Park.  The 67-year- old woman, who did not want to be identified, said, “If someone points a gun in your face you do what they say.”

It was behind her apartment building in the 3900 block of Magnolia. The 67-year-old disabled woman arrived home, pulled through a security gate to into the garage and in seconds two armed suspects demanded her purse and car keys.  The victim added, “When your time is up just cooperate and be glad you didn’t get physically injured.”

The day before there was a carjacking attempt behind a home in the 4100 block of Potomac. There have been three carjackings behind homes in the Holly Hills neighborhood, all within a six block area. In most cases residents arrived home and pulled into their garage or parked out back when the suspects attacked.

About two weeks ago there was a similar crime in the 5000 block of Mardel. And, one recently in Soulard. The disabled woman was not injured Monday night but she came close.  She said, “This one guy wanted to grab me and drag me off or something I just said hey look I’m using a cane I’m not going after you very feast so they left me alone”.

St. Louis Major Rochelle Jones had this advice for residents, “If you see something and you’ve got a feeling that’s not right or someone’s hanging around I wouldn’t even pull into my garage. I’d drive around again if they’re still there you can always call police for suspicious person.”

After the Soulard incident police arrested three juveniles but they we’re release.  Major Jones said, “They’re out and were experiencing these type of incidents.”

It’s suspected those three and another juvenile may be involved in as many as a half dozen carjackings. Authorities said the juveniles were released because juvenile justice works on a point system, if a person doesn’t have enough bad points against him, that person is released.

Police sources said one of the carjacking suspects was shot and killed on South Broadway last month in an apparent carjacking attempt.  Detectives are still trying to connect the dots in that case.  No one has been charged or cleared of wrongdoing.  However, sources said the suspect's fellow carjackers left him in the street to die.

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