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Carjackers blocked in woman, let her leave with kids, then took car

In Swansea, an unknown SUV driven by a black male pulled in front of a victim’s vehicle parked at a gas pump. The passenger in the SUV approached the victim, and stole her vehicle at gun-point.
In Swansea, an unknown SUV driven by a black male pulled in front of a victim’s vehicle parked at a gas pump. The passenger in the SUV approached the victim, and stole her vehicle at gun-point.

Police on Wednesday took into custody two suspects connected to two armed carjackings Tuesday night in unincorporated Belleville and Swansea.

Sheriff’s deputies responded shortly before 11:30 p.m. to the 2600 block of Eastview Drive in unincorporated Belleville, where a 23-year-old woman said two men used two vehicles to block in her vehicle.

Police radio transmissions indicated officers spotted the woman’s silver 2009 Pontiac G8 at around 11:45 a.m. near Glen Carbon. Officers pursued the vehicle into north St. Louis, eventually taking two suspects into custody in the Granite City area, according to KMOV. Their identities were not immediately available.

The men allowed the woman to take her 3-year-old daughter and 6-month-old son from the car before they stole it, according to Capt. Bruce Fleshren.

Swansea police responded to a similar carjacking in the 1600 Block of North Belt West about 10 minutes before the Eastview carjacking.

The sheriff’s department described one of the suspect’s vehicles as a gray or black newer Jeep Cherokee with Missouri plates. A description of the other vehicle used in the carjacking was not available.

The suspects were described as two black males, one wearing a red “Nike” sweatshirt and the other wearing a black sweatshirt.

The vehicles were last seen on Eastland Drive.

No one was injured in the carjacking.

The sheriff’s department and Swansea police continued an investigation into the carjackings Wednesday.

Anyone with information can call the Swansea Police Department at 618-233-8114 or the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department 618-207-4374.

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