ST. LOUIS, Mo. – A man and a woman were robbed at gunpoint on the St. Louis Archgounds at around 7:30 pm Monday. 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.
The suspect demanded that the victims give him their cell phones, vehicle keys, wallet, and purse. He then ran away. The victims were not injured.
The suspect is described as a Black male, in his mid-20’s, who is around 6’1″ tall. He has a low haircut and was wearing a black graphic t-shirt, grey pants, and white basketball-style gym shoes.
Police say that the incident is still under investigation.
The St. Louis Blues issued this statement about the incident:
“The St. Louis Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that took place on the Arch grounds early Monday evening involving one of our organization’s prospects. Our player, who is in St. Louis for our rookie camp, is safe as local authorities work to apprehend the suspect. We will have no further comment at this time.”
St. Louis Public Safety Director Dan Isom was asked about security at landmarks like the St. Louis Arch this morning during a press conference announcing a new public safety initiative downtown.
He said the goal is to have posts at six different locations like Kiener Plaza, City Garden, and others. he said they want to have an increased presence in those areas. The department is also looking at other ways to make downtown safe and vibrant.
City leaders addressed the robbery.
“That is certainly troubling; an armed robbery in broad daylight on the Arch grounds,” Alderman Jack Coatar said.
“I heard from the press here, but it is something we need to look at it needs to include our federal partners. The Arch grounds (are) federal property and they have police as well. They need to be at the table included in the discussion.”