Armed suspect linked to weekend Wellston murder taken into custody


Theodis Polk

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office filed charges Tuesday afternoon against a 28-year-old on the run from authorities for a murder over the weekend.

According to Major Ron Martin, Assistant Chief of Police for the North County Police Cooperative, the killing took place Sunday morning around 5 a.m. in the 6400 block of Wellsmar Avenue. The victim, a 20-year-old man, was found shot to death inside a home.

Homicide detectives identified Theodis Polk as the primary suspect in the shooting and filed for warrants with the prosecutor’s office.

The county prosecutor charged Polk with second-degree murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, unlawful possession of a firearm, and two counts of armed criminal action.

The charges were filed while Polk was on the loose.

Martin said Polk knew he was wanted and that attempts to contact him had failed.

St. Louis police located and arrested Polk in the Walnut Park neighborhood Tuesday evening.

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