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Belleville teen charged with murder after weekend carjacking, homicide

Ross Randolph
Ross Randolph

A teen from Belleville, identified as Ross Randolph, was taken into custody by St. Louis police and charged Wednesday following a weekend carjacking and homicide investigation in downtown St. Louis.

The St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office charged Randolph with first-degree murder, three counts of armed criminal action, first-degree robbery, two counts of kidnapping and endangering the welfare of a child. Bail was set at $1 million, cash only.

St. Louis Police Department said in a tweet Tuesday night that the 19-year-old surrendered without incident at the Central Patrol Division.

Police said two females were driving east on Washington Avenue away from Tucker Boulevard, at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, in a red, 2015 Dodge Challenger. The driver’s infant daughter, identified by the initials I.H. in court documents, was secured in the back seat. As the vehicle approached a traffic signal at 11th Street, two male suspects approached the red Challenger. The passenger in the car started to roll up the car window after feeling uncomfortable, but police said one suspect opened the passenger door, demanded the keys to the vehicle and pulled the female passenger out of the car.

According to a probable-cause statement filed with the charge, the passenger, identified by the initials Q.H., is 9 months pregnant.

The same suspect got in the vehicle through the passenger door and “immediately shot the driver,” police said. The suspect then moved to the driver’s seat and pushed the driver out the vehicle at the intersection of 11th Street and Washington Avenue.

The driver was identified as the homicide victim: 21-year-old Brandi Hill. The probable-cause statement said Hill was shot in the head.

The second suspect in the incident, later identified as Randolph, allegedly entered the same vehicle with the other suspect, and police said both fled east on Washington Avenue.

The driver’s infant daughter, I.H., was found unharmed in the car seat approximately 3 miles away from the scene at Glasgow Avenue in front of an abandoned house, according to court documents.

Surveillance video shared by police showed both suspects before and after the attack. According to the Circuit Attorney’s Office, Randolph can be seen in the video “diving into the passenger window” after the attack.

Police said the other suspect remained at large as of Wednesday afternoon.

Anyone with information can call CrimeStoppers at (866) 371-TIPS.

Kaitlyn Schwers: 618-239-2526, @kaitlynschwers