EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOV.com) -- Authorities have filed charges against two Metro-East suspects accused of kidnapping a UPS driver and stealing packages, then trying to kill a 15-year-old girl they feared could turn them over to police.
Anthony Moore, 20, was charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking, armed robbery and aggravated kidnapping in connection to the UPS theft. He was also charged with attempted first-degree murder after police say he shot the teenage victim.
Victoria Walker, 23, was charged with attempted first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated battery with a firearm and possession of stolen items. Walker was reportedly a friend of the victim, and had arranged the meeting where the teenage girl was shot.
On Wednesday, the victim said she had unknowingly walked into a stash house of stolen goods when she was hanging out with Walker.
“She just said she saw a whole bunch of boxes of everything — hair extensions, cell phones,” said the victim's mother.
Authorities say the goods were stolen from a delivery driver who was forced to drive to Washington Park, where police say two other suspects helped clean out 60 to 80 packages from the back of the UPS truck.
“[My daughter] said when they were riding around in the van, a UPS truck was driving by and one of the guys was like, ‘round two,’ and she kind of put it together,” the victim’s mother said. “She knew they had all these big packages, and they had to come from somewhere.”
That knowledge almost cost the young girl her life. Early Thursday morning, the victim was reportedly contacted by Walker, who wanted to meet up with her.
The van that picked the victim up drove to a secluded area along Doris Avenue in Cahokia, and Moore allegedly took the girl outside of the vehicle.
“He was like, ‘I heard you was (sic) running around snitching.’ He said, ‘You know what they do to snitches,’ and he took her out the van and threw her down in a ditch and he shot,” said the victim’s mother.
That gunshot hit the 15-year-old girl in the back. The bullet pierced her lung, but she lived to tell about it. Her story helped police get leads in the case.
“She said she heard the first shot and her ears started ringing, and that he shot again and she felt something, so she said she laid still so they would leave,” the victim’s mother said. “They wanted to kill her. She’s 15 years old.”
Police used the victim's information to take Moore and Walker into custody. Authorities say they are still looking to arrest two other men connected to the UPS robbery.