Suspects in a carjacking that occurred Sunday night in St. Louis were arrested early Monday near Fairmont City after a police pursuit.
Up to 20 police cars were involved in the pursuit of the suspects in a silver Nissan Rogue sport utility vehicle.
According to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, a 49-year-old man told police he was getting into his vehicle in the 4800 block of Fountain Avenue in St. Louis at 10:35 p.m. Sunday when a red or maroon car with three men inside pulled up next to him. A rear seat passenger, described as a man in his 20s, left the car, approached the man, displayed a handgun and announced a robbery.
The victim complied, and the suspect left with the victim’s cell phone and the Nissan Rogue. The victim, who was not hurt, notified police.
At 11:48 p.m., SLMPD officers located the stolen Nissan in the area of 14th and Warren streets and initiated a pursuit. The Nissan crossed into Illinois, where pursuing officers lost sight of it and notified authorities in the metro-east.
According to Illinois State Police Trooper Calvin Dye Jr., state troopers and East St. Louis officers were notified of the pursuit at 11:54 p.m. The vehicle was located in the area of 29th and Ridge streets in East St. Louis but eventually made its way to I-55, where it continued northbound.
The Nissan pulled over on I-55 at mile marker 8 near Fairmont City. Dye said one of the suspects tossed a handgun into the car before fleeing on foot. That suspect was captured shortly after state troopers and East St. Louis officers deployed tracking dogs.
Early reports do not indicate how many suspects were arrested, but Dye said they were transported to the Madison County Jail to await charges.