ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- A frightening night near the Arch ended with the victims getting the last laugh. Police say Tyrone Coleman lured the victims by showing them a YouTube rap video he’s in, and then robbed them and shot at them. But the victims used quick thinking and an iPhone app to help put him behind bars.
On Friday night the four people were parked on Lenore K. Sullivan Boulevard near the Arch and Mississippi River. Police tell our partners at the Post Dispatch that the suspect approached the victims in a friendly manner. He said he’s a rapper and showed them a YouTube rap video with Lil St. Louis. In the video the suspect is seen waving a gun. News 4 found a video matching the description with a man waving a gun who looks identical to Coleman’s mug shot.
The victims told police Coleman then pulled out that same gun and robbed them. A male victim gave him his iPhone and cash and a female victim gave him a cell phone and a wallet.
As the victims walked back to their car, they told their two friends in the back seat to write down Coleman’s license plate number. That’s when police say Coleman shot at them three times, flattening a tire. Fortunately the victims got away unharmed and called police.
Using the “Find My Phone” app they helped police locate the phone at a home in north St. Louis. Police found the Coleman and the phone. Other stolen items were found in a trash can in front of the home. Police tell the Post Dispatch that the victims then picked Coleman out of a lineup.
News 4 talked to Coleman’s grandmother who lives at the home police list as Coleman’s address. She said Coleman is a grown man and doesn’t stay with her any more.
Coleman is being held on $60,000 cash bond.