Officer-involved crash in north St. Louis tied to Kirkwood carjacking

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ST. LOUIS – A frightening carjacking that happened in a quiet Kirkwood neighborhood ended in north St. Louis less than an hour later with two patrol cars damaged.

According to Sgt. Keith Barrett, a spokesman for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, the crash happened in the 5400 block of Genevieve Avenue, located in the Walnut Park East neighborhood.

A man was carjacked at gunpoint at Dickson and Meadow Ridge Lane in Kirkwood. The suspect wore a mask.

The Kirkwood driver was told to get on the ground and the suspect stole his personal items and then drove off in the man’s Nissan Altima. The suspect left Kirkwood and headed eastbound on Interstate 44.

St. Louis police picked up the vehicle a short time later and began following the stolen car. It all ended on Genevieve near Harney.

The suspect was caught on foot after running from the stolen vehicle a few blocks away. During the pursuit, two patrol cars including were damaged. A police SUV sustained a cracked windshield, the front bumper smashed and two front airbags deployed. This vehicle was damaged near Kingshighway and Theodore.

The other police vehicle drove into a building. Officers on the scene indicated no one was injured in either of those incidents.

The victim’s car appeared to be a total loss. Both sides of the stolen Altima were damaged, the axle was broken, and a wheel had nearly fallen off.

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