Police are looking for a man behind a string of violent robberies, targeting women in parking lots of businesses in south St. Louis.
On Friday, October 23rd a man attacked women in three different parking lots in South St. Louis. Sunday morning, he struck again and robbed a women in the parking lot of a Walgreens.
Four Attacks Detailed
The first at the Schnucks at 3430 South Grand. It happened at 12:15 p.m. on Friday. Police say a 32 year old woman and a friend were leaving the grocery store when the suspect approached her and got into the victim's vehicle. He forced the victim to drive off the parking lot and south on Grand. He took purses, then ran away.
The second attack happened just a couple of hours later at 3881 Gravois in Gravois Plaza at 2:00 p.m. The man followed a 65 year old woman out of US Bank and to her car where he pulled gun then carjacked the victim. The robber took money from the victim then got out of the vehicle and walked north on Alexander toward Keokuk.
In the third robbery on Friday at 6:58 p.m., the man approached a 40 year old woman unloading her car outside the Target at 4225 Hampton. According to police, the suspect approached her and told her to get into the car. He hit the victim repeatedly, but she fought back. The man eventually gave up and ran away.
Two days later, on Sunday morning at 8 a.m., a man approached a 19 year old woman at her car in the Walgreens parking lot at 3631 Gravois. The woman tried to get back into her car and was beaten by the suspect. He took some of her belongings before running away.
Police believe the same man is behind all four attacks. Detectives are circulating these photos taken of the man inside the US Bank (just before the 2nd robbery).
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS.
Callers can remain anonymous. Callers who provide information that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.