Man arrested after shooting into air during argument in St. Charles

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. – A man has been arrested after he flourished his gun at another man and fired a shot into the air early Friday morning in New Town at St. Charles. Officers received a call regarding the incident at about 1:00 a.m. Friday.

Robert Stewart

The investigation revealed that two men got into an argument inside of a bar. They came outside to the amphitheater area near the volleyball courts. Robert Stewart, 38, had a handgun.

Police say the men were arguing over Stewart’s girlfriend’s relationship with the 25-year-old black man.

Police say that Stewart pointed the handgun at the man, used racial slurs, and ordered him to get on his knees. A white male acquaintance to both the black male victim and Stewart attempted to intervene.

Stewart pointed the handgun at the white male and told him get back. The black male victim then ran away. That is when Stewart fired one round from his handgun into the air.

The men were then separated. The suspect then went to his residence at New Town St. Charles.

“Because there was a handgun involved and the suspect did discharge a round up in the air, we requested the assistance of the regional SWAT team. We applied for and received a search warrant for the residence to go in and arrest the subject,” St. Charles City Police Lieutenant Wilkison said.

The handgun was recovered and Stewart was arrested shortly after 6:00 a.m. Friday. The two men involved in the argument know each other.

The investigation is ongoing.

St. Charles Man fires handgun during argument in New Town

The incident occurred at approximately 1:00am near the area of the amphitheater and the volleyball courts. St. Charles Police Officers were called to a report of a man flourishing a 9mm handgun while threatening another man. The victim, a 25 year old black man who is also a resident of New Town, and Robert Stewart were both outside on the patio area of the Wine Bar and Padavans Sports Bar located adjacent to the volleyball courts in New Town during the late night hours. The black male victim and Stewart are acquainted and engaged in a verbal argument over Stewart’s girlfriend’s relationship with the black male victim. The argument took place outside on the patio during which Stewart pulled a handgun from his waistband and threatened him. Stewart pointed the handgun at the victim, used racial epithets, and ordered the victim to his knees. A white male acquaintance to both the black male victim and Stewart attempted to intervene during which Stewart pointed the handgun at the white male and told him get back. The black male victim then fled on foot during which Stewart fired one round from his handgun into the air.

St. Charles Police Officers were able to determine Stewart went to his residence in the 3200 block of Reed Crossing Pl. St. Charles Police Detectives applied for and were granted a search warrant for the residence. The St. Charles County Regional SWAT team executed the search warrant without incident. Robert Stewart was located inside the residence and arrested. A loaded 9mm Taurus handgun was seized from the residence. There were no injuries to the victims or Stewart.

The investigation was presented to the St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office who issued 2 counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon on Robert Stewart who is currently being held at the St. Charles County Department of Corrections on a $150,000 cash only bond.

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