EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOV) – Two suspects have been charged after police said they car jacked two people and attacked them with Tasers.
Police filed charges against two Cahokia, Illinois teens on Saturday in connection to the attack. The St. Clair County States Attorney's office charged Byron Williams, 17, and Antonio Taylor, 18, with Armed Vehicular High-Jacking.
Both defendants are incarcerated at the St. Clair County Jail with bond set at $100,000. Two additional suspects in the carjacking are incarcerated on parole violations. Additional
charges are possible on all subjects as the investigation of additional violent crimes continues.
Police say the carjackings happened on Wednesday in East St. Louis and both were accompanied with Tasers. The concern is that Tasers are easier to come by than guns. As a result, criminals with these weapons are on the rise.
Williams and Taylor were arrested by officers working with the WAVE (Working Against Violent Elements) unit and East St. Louis police.
Carpenter Trevor Wade says he was waiting to start his day building homes in East St. Louis when carjackers with a gun demanded he get out of his Ford F-250. “Then another guy behind me stuck a Taser in my back…shot me with a Taser,” says Wade.
Wade ran, but not before getting a good look at his assailants. He says the thieves are teenagers, driving a gold Chevrolet Malibu.
Just minutes before thieves targeted Wade, police say the same suspects Tasered a woman about two miles away. They reportedly stole her black Chevrolet Cavalier, then set it on fire in Lincoln Park.
Wade says that all of his construction tools were stolen along with his truck. The estimated value is about $4,000-$5,000. His insurance company says his tools are not covered under his policy.