Joint investigation leads to charges against 3 in MetroLink robbery

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by Carlos Otero / KMOV.com Staff

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Posted on November 25, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 26 at 12:12 AM

Jackie Joyner Kersee MetroLink Station

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(KMOV) – Two St. Louis women and a Metro-East man were charged following the joint investigation of a MetroLink robbery that occurred over the weekend.

Toddeshia M. Weems, 18, Shontice M. Hayes, 19, and Joseph J. Spencer, 19, were each charged Monday with robbery and mob action by St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly’s office.

On Friday, November 22, a deputy with the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department MetroLink Patrol responded to a call regarding a robbery at the Jackie Joyner Kersee MetroLink stop located on the 1000 block of North 25 St. in East St. Louis.

According to authorities, a passenger was robbed of his cell phone and attacked by several suspects.

The victim told police he was riding eastbound on the MetroLink when a black male suspect suddenly grabbed his GALAXY Note 3 from his hand.

In an attempt to stop the suspect, the victim grabbed the suspect’s waist but was reportedly attacked by two black females.

The victim told police the suspects started punching the victim on the face and head.  The victim then attempted to defend himself by punching and kicking the suspects.

The suspects fled the train on foot.

Following a joint investigation, authorities were able to identify and take the suspects into custody.

Weems and Hayes were taken into custody a short distance from the where the incident occurred, police said.  Spencer was located on North 74 St. in East St. Louis and taken into custody.

A judge set bond for Weems and Hayes at $75,000.

Bond for Spencer was set at $100,000.

Weems, Hayes and Spencer are currently in custody at the St. Clair County jail.

Sheriff Richard Watson praised the Sheriff’s Department’s Patrol and MetroLink Divisions and the Metro East Auto Theft Task Force for their joint effort in bringing justice to this victim.  Sheriff Watson wants to remind the public to be aware of their surrounding and use caution when using cell phones in public.  

 

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