Robbery victim helps lead police to her attacker

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by Maggie Crane

KMOV.com

Posted on May 18, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 24 at 5:52 AM

Pershing and Clara Ave.

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- A woman was robbed at gunpoint near her home, just two blocks from Forest Park. She was savvy enough to lead police to the man she says is responsible,  but the gunman's accomplice is still on the run.

A woman walking to work down Pershing Avenue near Clara turned around to find two men running right at her, yelling, 'Give me your purse or we'll shoot you!'  She gave them her purse, which is exactly how police wound up finding one of the robbers.

The 32-year-old victim was walking to work on the overnight shift last Friday when police say Lamont Walker and another man threatened to shoot her if she didn't give up her purse.  The pair wasted no time trying to get cash and goods from a nearby gas station.

"Someone tried to use her credit card within a few minutes of the robbery," Assistant Circuit Attorney Jennifer Szczucinski said.

The victim checked her credit card statement and told police exactly where the robbers had been, so they checked the gas station's surveillance video and found one of their suspects within days of the incident.  Police are still looking for Walker's accomplice, but Walker has been charged with First Degree Robbery.  He's jailed on a $100,000 bond.

The robbery is certainly something neighbors don't want to hear.  Although the 5600 block of Pershing is small, it's lined with apartment buildings          
"It's something that kind of tarnishes the area a little bit," Emily Elster, neighbor said.  "It definitely makes me a little bit mad just because this is our home, this is where we live."

I searched police records and discovered five armed robberies in the DeBalivier Place neighborhood since January.  Neighbors say Washington University police and private security help patrol the area, just north of Forest Park.

"I usually feel pretty safe walking by myself, but late at night I get a little leery about walking, but that would be most anywhere," Nichole Salinas, neighbor, said.

Police are still searching for Walker's accomplice.  He and Walker were driving a gray Toyota Camry the night of the robbery.  If you have tips that could help police, call them or Crimestoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS.

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