Crime

Carjacking suspects arrested after police chase from Collinsville to Soulard

Two people were arrested in Missouri on Thursday night in connection with a metro-east carjacking that occurred in late January.

An off-duty East St. Louis detective was at the Collinsville Walmart when he noticed a black Dodge Challenger and thought he remembered the license plate number as one that East St. Louis police were looking for in connection with a carjacking that had occurred January 25th at Parsons Place in East St. Louis..

East St. Louis detective Ronald McClellan said he called police dispatch to confirm that his memory was correct about the license plate..

“Dispatch confirmed that it was. The 2018 Dodge Challenger was taken from the 1900 block of Weiman Avenue on Jan. 25,” McClellan said. “Several young men were standing outside of the vehicle talking to several females. I got on the radio and requested help. Collinsville was dispatched. Illinois State Police arrived as the subjects were preparing to leave.

“They followed the vehicle to 55/70 west bound. A trooper attempted a traffic stop. They reached speeds of over 140 mph. They exited at the Kingshighway exit and went west on to Collinsvlle. We lost them at Collinsville Avenue. Cahokia police spotted the vehicle on Mississippi Avenue. Cahokia and Dupo attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver got on Interstate 255, crossed over to the Jefferson Barracks Bridge and headed to Missouri.

Police in Missouri put up a helicopter. Two of the three men in the vehicle were captured in the Soulard area in Missouri about 8 p.m., “ McClellan added.

The two suspects who were arrested are from East St. Louis and are 20 years old, McClellan confirmed. They are currently being held in a St. Louis city jail. They had not been charged as of press deadline Friday.

“The female who the vehicle belongs to had just arrived at her residence on the night of the carjacking . She was sitting in her car in the parking lot in the rear of her building talking on her phone. Two black males with guns took her vehicle,” McClellan said.

Collinsville police chief Steve Evans and a spokeswoman for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department confirmed Friday that their departments assisted in the incident.

Collinsville police officers were called to the Walmart but weren’t involved in the pursuit. Illinois State Police troopers followed the vehicle for a couple of miles, but lost it, according to Trooper Joshua Korando.

St. Louis police arrested the suspects after the chase ended around 8 p.m. in Soulard, Fox2Now reported.

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The metro-east is home for investigative reporter Lexi Cortes. She was raised in Granite City, went to school in Edwardsville and now lives in Collinsville. Lexi has worked at the Belleville News-Democrat since 2014, winning multiple state awards for her investigative and community service reporting.
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