ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – The offices of the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney and St. Louis Circuit Attorney filed charges against a 30-year-old man in connection with a recent spate of violence across the county and city.
According to Jack Wang, a spokesman for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, the first of these crimes took place August 23 in the 5000 block of Landsdowne Avenue. Police said the suspect, later identified as Anthony Liston, stole a Jeep Cherokee.
On August 29, Liston is said to have driven the Jeep to a gas station in the 700 block of Goodfellow Avenue and shot at someone with a rifle. The victim suffered a gunshot wound to their leg. Liston’s rifle magazine exploded and rifle rounds spilled into the street near the gas station parking lot.
Just minutes later, police believe Liston drove to the 4100 block of Michigan Avenue and shot two women in an apartment. While there, he also struck a person in the face with the butt of the rifle. One of the women was pronounced dead at the scene; the other woman later died at SLU Hospital.
Wang said Liston drove to a parking lot in the 1500 block of Cherokee and abandoned the Jeep Cherokee. Liston then broke into a minivan and attempted to hotwire the vehicle but he failed.
Liston approached a Nissan Altima, flashed a screwdriver at the driver, and demanded she get out of the car. The driver complied but took the keys with her and Liston was unable to steal the Nissan.
Liston then attempted to carjack a different vehicle for the third time. However, a witness ran over to assist the driver. The driver and good Samaritan were able to fend Liston off long enough for a crew of Spire gas workers to come by and help them subdue Liston.
Wang said Liston admitted to police that he stole the Jeep and attempted to take other vehicles in his attempted getaway. Police recovered an SKS rifle from the minivan and Liston said it was his.
The victims positively ID’d Liston in a line-up, Wang said.
The circuit attorney charged Liston with two counts of first-degree murder, three counts of armed criminal action, first-degree assault, third-degree assault, first-degree property damage, two counts of first-degree attempted robbery, and one count of first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle.
While in jail in St. Louis City, Liston was charged for a shooting outside a medical clinic in Pine Lawn.
That shooting occurred around 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the 4000 block of Jennings Station Road, the same day at the murders on Michigan Avenue.
Investigators believe Liston fired a rifle from his vehicle at a woman who seated in her own car. The woman was not injured and was able to speed away and notify police.
Police said Liston and the victim did not know one another.
The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney charged Liston with one count of first-degree assault, one count of armed criminal action, and one count of shooting at or from a motor vehicle.