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Belleville carjacking victims ordered to lay on the ground

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A group of four or five suspects carjacked two men in Belleville late Tuesday and the car was later recovered in East St. Louis.

The carjacking occurred at 11:23 p.m. Tuesday, Belleville Police Lt. Todd Keilbach said.

When Belleville police officers arrived at Wesley Drive, a victim told police that he was visiting a friend and they were both sitting inside his vehicle when they were confronted by four to five suspects.

“The suspects ordered them out of the vehicle at gunpoint and had them lay on the ground,” Keilbach said.

“The suspects demanded their phones and the victim’s wallet. They complied and two of the suspects fled the area in the victim’s 2007 Pontiac Vibe. The other suspects fled southbound on foot. As one suspect fled, he fired a single gunshot from the firearm. No one was injured during the incident,” Keilbach said.

All of the suspects were described as black males in their late teens, approximately 5-foot, 8-inches tall with slender builds.

The Pontiac was found about 1 a.m. Wednesday on Piggott Avenue in East St. Louis by the East St. Louis Police Department.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Belleville Police Department at 618-234-1212 or CrimeStoppers at 1 866-371-8477.

Carolyn P. Smith has worked for the Belleville News-Democrat for 18 years and currently covers breaking news in the Metro-East. She graduated from the Journalism School at the University of Missouri at Columbia and says news is in her DNA.
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