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Teen charged in robbery spree that crisscrossed the city

by Diana Zoga / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on August 27, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 27 at 10:20 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- In just under four hours, authorities say 17 year old Terrell Holley held up several victims in downtown St. Louis, the Central West End, and in south St. Louis.

"He was approaching people, saying he had a gun, demanding their property," said Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce.

According to court records, Holley first approached two people getting into a black Jeep Patriot at 8th and S. Walnut in downtown St. Louis around 1:15 a.m. on Sunday. The victims told police he had, what appeared to be a gun, under his shirt. He ordered the victims out of the SUV, then took off.

Police say Holley held up a woman on Buckingham Court in the Central West End, taking her backpack and mobile phone. Then, the suspect went around the corner to a parking lot in the 4900 block of Laclede, where he attempted to rob three men. St. Louis Circuit Attorney says the victims are St Louis University students. They ran from the suspect and were not hurt.

From there, court records say Holley drove four miles to Winona Avenue in south St. Louis. At around 2:45 a.m., two victims told police they were getting out of a cab when Holley got out of the black SUV and ordered them to the ground. The victims say Holley took their keys, mobile phones, and a wallet.

Around 5 a.m., a police officer spotted the stolen SUV at a gas station on Bircher Blvd. A probable cause statement, filed in court, says the officer made eye contact with the suspect - who was standing outside the SUV. The suspect immediately ran to the vehicle and sped away, with the gas nozzle still in the gas tank of the Jeep.

"They had a description, they knew who they were looking for and an officer was alert and saw him," said Joyce.

Police say Holley lead officers on a chase across the city. He stopped the SUV in the 2200 block of Dodier and ran away, on foot. Officers caught up with him and arrested him. Police never found a gun in the SUV. Victims reported that the suspect implied he had a gun. It's unclear if Holley actually had a weapon during the robberies, but he can still be charged with armed robbery - according to Joyce.

Court records say six victims identified Holley and that Holley admitted his involvement during a police interview.

 

 

 

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