Crime

Police name suspects in theft, shooting at Collinsville Walmart

Police announced the identities Tuesday of the people they say stole merchandise from the Walmart at Collinsville Crossing early Monday and who then were involved in a shooting on Collinsville Crossing Boulevard.

Trevon L. Wainwright, 20; Tamia L. Hemphill, 18; Itavia D. Wade, 19; and Wilneia L. Williams, 27, were being sought Tuesday by police, according to a statement from the Collinsville Police Department. All four suspects are from St. Louis.

The four allegedly stole merchandise from the Walmart at 1040 Collinsville Crossing Blvd. shortly after midnight Monday. In the process of fleeing from the store, one of the female suspects sprayed deodorant toward an employee, and a male suspect threatened another employee by implying he had a gun. No employees were injured in the confrontation in the store.

At 12:27 a.m., police responded to a report of shots fired near the intersection of Collinsville Crossing Boulevard and Illinois 157. Officers learned a man driving a teal Pontiac Grand Prix stopped the car in the road, stepped out the car and fired several gunshots toward another car that was approaching from behind. At least one round struck the car but no one inside it was hurt.

Walmart staff told police the teal Grand Prix that fled from the shooting was involved in the theft at the store.

Collinsville police Lt. Brett Boerm said Tuesday that the driver who Wainwright allegedly fire the shots at was an unwitting Walmart customer who’d left the store parking lot at the time time as Wainwright and the other three did. The 911 call reporting the shooting came from that driver, Boerm said.

Hemphill, Wade and Williams each were charged with burglary Tuesday with bonds set at $200,000 apiece. Boerm said police had spoken with each of them Tuesday and urged them to surrender before warrants for their arrest were issued.

Wainwright hasn’t been located and police are considering him armed and dangerous. In addition to a burglary charge, he was charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm. His bail was set at $2 million.

In addition to the four adults, Boerm said a 16-year-old female who accompanied them could also face burglary charge. Her name was not released.

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