Woman furious after police take over an hour to respond, let carjackers get away

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by Maggie Crane / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on November 14, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 15 at 10:13 AM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- A Flordell Hills woman, who was carjacked at gunpoint, finds her stolen car with people in it, but when she calls St. Louis Metropolitan Police to come help, they leave her hanging.

The police spokesman wasn’t too happy to see that it took officers an hour to respond to this woman’s pleas for help, yet no one would talk about it on camera.

If police had come when they were called, the victim of this violent crime would have had her car back the same day it was stolen instead of out on the streets with the thug who held her at gunpoint.

Nicole Daniels’s SUV is now out of the hands of the thieves who stole it, but police had the chance to get it back four days ago.  In front of her own home on Jennings Station Road, Daniels was met by a stranger, who carjacked her—at gunpoint.

“As I tried to step back, that’s when he pulled the gun out and cocked it,” Daniels said.  “I threw my items at him and laid on the ground and begged him not to shoot me, not to kill me.”

It was 5:30 Saturday morning.  Ten hours later, Daniels got a call from a friend, who spotted her SUV in St. Louis.

“I said ‘how do you know that’s my car?’” Daniels said.  “She said ‘you got the Flordell Hills sticker in your window.’”

Nicole got a ride to the city and quickly called police as she sat watching someone inside her stolen car!

“I call the police from the White Castle parking lot, and they say they’re going to send someone,” Daniels said.  “I waited like 25 minutes, but no one ever came.”

Police confirm that it took one hour for officers to arrive.  Police records show that Daniels called 911 at 4:30 p.m.  The call was dispatched to officers at 4:35 p.m.  The first officer arrived on scene at 5:30 p.m.  Not surprisingly, by then the suspects were long gone.

Police couldn’t offer a good explanation why it took them so long.  A spokesman said cops may have been tied up on other calls or short staffed, but neither is a worthy excuse for a crime victim.

“[This suspect] made me beg for my life in front of my house,” Daniels said.  “It’s got my kids so scared to even leave out the house.”

Police continue to investigate but have arrested four teens.  Three are juveniles.

 

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