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East St. Louis man charged for his role in Belleville carjacking

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An East St. Louis man has been charged with two felonies for his part in a Belleville carjacking that took place in late February.

Darron Covington, 19, was charged Friday with aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm and armed robbery with a firearm by the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office.

He is being held on a $100,000 bond.

Covington was taken into custody by Belleville police detectives on Wednesday. Three juveniles, ages 14, 15 and 17, were arrested earlier in the week.

The group confronted two men inside a vehicle at 11:30 p.m. Feb. 26 on Wesley Drive in Belleville. While brandishing a gun, the suspects demanded the mens’ phones and a wallet and ordered the men to lay on the ground.

Two of the suspects left with one man’s 2007 Pontiac Vibe, as two others fled on foot, firing a single round from the gun.

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