Two people are charged in a carjacking in Godfrey and may be suspected in a second carjacking, both of which ended in crashes in St. Louis.
Madison County Sheriff John Lakin announced Thursday that Toreyan Moore, 18, of Florissant, Mo. has been charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking and vehicle theft, both felonies. A 17-year-old juvenile also was arrested.
Two Godfrey women have reported to police that they returned home from running errands and were confronted by armed men on two different occasions in the last couple of months.
The charges relate only to the second carjacking on Aug. 13, when a woman was confronted by two armed men inside her garage when she returned home at about 8:48 p.m. The suspects allegedly stole her Nissan Altima and fled.
“This is a very alarming case where an unassuming person just returning to their home is confronted by two armed suspects, guns pointed at her,” Lakin said.
Early the next morning, the car was involved in a traffic accident in south St. Louis. Two black men reportedly fled the scene when Missouri Highway Patrol officers arrived. At that point, Madison County became involved, and the investigation led to Moore and the juvenile, Lakin said.
“I want to go on record as the sheriff of Madison County that this type of activity will not be tolerated in our county,” Lakin said.
The investigation was continuing Thursday for a similar case earlier in the summer. On June 29, an elderly woman returned home at about 9 p.m. and was parking in her garage when she was approached by two armed men who threatened to shoot her.
They stole her car, which was recovered a month later after it was involved in a single-vehicle crash in north St. Louis County. Two people died in that crash, but Lakin said investigators could not release further information about them.
In each case, the men threatened to shoot the women and fled in their car without physically harming them. Lakin said both women did “exactly what they should do” and complied with the men’s instructions.
“We’ve been asked several times ... for best advice if you encounter something like this,” Lakin said. “My advice is that you cooperate, do not put yourself in harm’s way and let us do the investigative work.”
Lakin said it was clear that there were similarities between the two cases, and they would be exploring any connections.
Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons said his office has petitioned for the juvenile to be removed from juvenile court and charged as an adult. Aggravated vehicular hijacking is not a probation-eligible offense. As a Class X felony, it carries a sentence up to 30 years, with an additional 15 years possible because a firearm was used. Gibbons said his office would push for the maximum penalty.
Both suspects were in custody in Missouri, and Gibbons and Lakin said the extradition process had begun. Moore has also been charged in St. Louis County with an unrelated robbery in Florissant. His Madison County bail was set at $250,000.