ST. LOUIS (KMOV) — Police have arrested a man they say is responsible for a string of armed robberies and shootings in south St. Louis over the past few weeks.
Police said they believe Vincent Newman, who was taken into custody Thursday, has robbed at least three people in the area since October 14. Authorities said in all three cases, Newman shot the victims.
The latest incident happened Wednesday when Newman allegedly approached a 27-year-old woman in the 1600 block of South Spring and grabbed her purse. According to police, Newman then shot her in the face and fled on foot.
She was immediately taken to a St. Louis area hospital, where she is listed in critical condition.
Police said they believe Newman is behind two other recent robberies in south St. Louis.
Authorities said on October 16, Newman walked up to a 20-year-old woman on Russell and stole her Samsung Galaxy tablet, a T-Mobile Sidekick cell phone and cash. He then shot the woman in the left arm and face. Newman has since been charged with first-degree robbery and armed criminal action for the incident.
Two days before that, police said Newman approached a couple on South Grand and robbed them. He then allegedly told the couple to run before opening fire on the man, striking him in the left leg and right hand.
Police said evidence from the gun and shell casings led them to determine they’re all connected.
Authorities were expected to release more information during a press conference scheduled for 3:15 p.m. Thursday.