(KMOV) – Police are continuing their search for a man that led them on a lengthy chase through St. Ann and north St. Louis Monday evening.
Charles Staples, 24, and an accomplice are accused of refusing to stop their vehicle for a routine traffic stop, then leading police on a pursuit before crashing their vehicle in St. Ann on Monday.
The suspects got out and carjacked a getaway vehicle with the owner still inside, finally bailing out in Staples’ old neighborhood of north St. Louis. Staples' accomplice was apprehended shortly after.
News 4’s Craig Cheatham learned Staples has a criminal arrest record dating back to the age of 16. Staples has been in and out of jail and on probation several times, repeatedly violating it by committing other crimes.
Lt. Aaron Jimenez of the St. Ann Police Department says Staples has graduated from burglaries and car theft, to weapons charges, including a federal conviction for carrying two semi-automatic handguns after he was a convicted felon.
“The way that I would describe him is armed and dangerous,” said Lt. Jimenez.
Just two months ago, Staples was placed on "special conditions" as part of a probation issued by a state circuit court judge, after being released from federal custody. According to court records, he was supposed to "obey all laws" and report for a probation review in September.
“I’m hoping that once we get him into custody, I believe that the prosecuting attorney -- I believe the judges are not going to play around this time. I believe they’re hopefully going to put the hammer down,” said Lt. Jimenez.
The search for Staples remains ongoing.
Police advise anyone who sees Staples to call your local police department and not approach him, as he is considered armed and dangerous.