Carjacking suspect hits, kills man with victim’s car in St. Louis


ST. LOUIS — A 72-year-old man is dead after he was run over and killed by his own car during a carjacking in the Central West End.

Police have arrested and charged a 47-year-old man for murder and robbery in connection with the incident. Carmain Milton has been charged with one count of second-degree murder and one count of first-degree robbery by the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office.

His bond information is not yet available.

The carjacking happened around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday on 300 block of North Boyle.

Police say Chen-Hsyong Yang was robbed of his Honda Element at gunpoint then struck by his own car as the suspect was leaving the scene.

The man was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Officers found the victim’s car and arrested a man after a short chase on East Prarie in north St. Louis.

Jim Whyte, executive director of the Central West End Neighborhood Security Initiative, said he knew the victim.

“As it turned out, I knew the owner of the car, the couple that was approached. It’s someone in the neighborhood that worked with me,” he said.

Whyte said this was the third carjacking this month in the Central West End.

“An elderly couple which fits a pattern. Two previous incidents that we had in the neighborhood lately. We had one on Sept.  21st and one on Sept. 25th where the suspect was targeting elderly people, and the incident yesterday had tragic consequences,” he said. 

The Central West End has about 300 cameras in the area and Whyte believes several incidents may be connected. He has turned the camera footage over to police.

“We had been trying since Sept. 21 to identify this guy with police,” Whyte said. “The picture we got on security camera and we circulated the photo around and no one knew this guy.”

Fox 2 reached out to the victim’s family and they did not want to comment at this time. The St. Louis Police Department requested the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office to issue charges of first-degree murder and robbery. 

“My heart goes out to his wife and children, and we are hoping for a successful investigation, and have him charged,” Whyte said.   

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