Man injured trying to stop car thief driving away from gas station

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BALLWIN, Mo. – The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged an 18-year-old with theft of a motor vehicle after police say the suspect stole a man’s vehicle at a QuikTrip along Manchester early Monday morning. Jynell Luss was charged in the case.

The victim, Matthew Mouser, said he stopped by the QT around 5:30 a.m. Monday on his way to work to grab a coffee. He said he was only inside for about a minute when he came outside and saw the suspect pulling away in his vehicle. Mouser drives a newer model vehicle and said while the car was running he took the keys inside with him, so he assumed the doors locked automatically.

Mouser told Fox 2 he tried to get back inside the car to stop the driver and was injured. He has two rows of stitches on his thumb and is waiting to see if he will need shoulder surgery.

Police said the suspect later crashed the car near Manchester and 141. Police said a warrant application is being completed seeking the charges of first-degree tampering, second-degree assault, and property damage in regards to the incident. As of Monday night, the county prosecutor had only charged the suspect with motor vehicle theft. Fox 2 reached out to the prosecutor’s office and asked if more charges are expected and we are waiting to hear back.

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