Arrests made in robbery of prospective St. Louis Blues player at Arch grounds

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Gateway Arch

ST. LOUIS – Two people are facing federal charges for allegedly robbing a man and woman at gunpoint at the St. Louis Arch Monday night. A juvenile suspect was also taken into custody.

One of the victims, a 20-year-old man, is a prospective player for the St. Louis Blues. The team says that he is in town for rookie camp.

Police say one of the two adult suspects demanded the victims hand over their cellphones, vehicle keys, wallet, and purse. He then ran away. The victims were not injured.

Because the crime happened at a national park, federal authorities got involved. The Federal Park Service assisted St. Louis Police in the investigation, culminating in the arrest of 19-year-old Christopher Franklin, 18-year-old Kaniya Sloan, and a juvenile.

St. Louis Police are seeking warrants for robbery and armed criminal action with the Circuit Attorney’s Office. Meanwhile, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has charged Franklin and Sloan with aiding and abetting a robbery on federal territorial jurisdiction, and accessory after the fact of a robbery on federal territorial jurisdiction.   

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