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2 Arrested in East St. Louis possibly connected to shooting of De Smet graduate

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Tony Ross and Aza Thompson were arrested for several offenses in East St. Louis and are considered persons of interest in the shooting death of Bobby Christman in downtown. By Daniel Fredman Tony Ross and Aza Thompson were arrested for several offenses in East St. Louis and are considered persons of interest in the shooting death of Bobby Christman in downtown. By Daniel Fredman
By Daniel Fredman By Daniel Fredman
Tony Ross was arrested for several offenses in East St. Louis and is a considered person of interest in the shooting death of Bobby Christman in downtown. By Daniel Fredman Tony Ross was arrested for several offenses in East St. Louis and is a considered person of interest in the shooting death of Bobby Christman in downtown. By Daniel Fredman
Aza Thompson was arrested for several offenses in East St. Louis and is a considered person of interest in the shooting death of Bobby Christman in downtown. By Daniel Fredman Aza Thompson was arrested for several offenses in East St. Louis and is a considered person of interest in the shooting death of Bobby Christman in downtown. By Daniel Fredman

EAST ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Police said two suspects who may be connected to the murder of 19-year-old Robert Christman are facing charges.

Aza Thompson and Tony Ross, both of East St. Louis, have been charged with possession of a stolen car.  Ross has also been charged with attempted first degree murder for allegedly shooting at an officer.

Illinois State Police said they arrested both men after spotting them in a stolen car over the weekend. Madison County States Attorney Brendan Kelly said the two may be connected to the murder of Christman, who was killed on Washington Avenue.  Several days after the murder, police got into a shootout with the suspects in Washington Park. 

“At this stage we are focused on charges here, if and when we need to look at cases they may be charged in Missouri, we’ll work with the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office. We’ll work with them and decide which cases are more important and which go forward first,” Kelly said.

The two suspects are currently being held in the St. Clair County Jail. St. Louis police said they are persons of interest' in the De Smet student's death.

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Police said nobody was injured after they exchanged gunfire with suspects that are wanted in connection with a robbery in which a De Smet Jesuit graduate was killed.

Illinois State Police said officers followed three suspects from East St. Louis to a convenience store in Washington Park where they tried confront them.

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Police say they located Robert Christman, 19, seated in the front passenger seat of a vehicle, unconscious and suffering from a gunshot wound to the head just after midnight Sunday near the intersection of 15th and Delmar, north of Washington Avenue.  He died later at a St. Louis hospital.

“St. Louis City police determined there were leads to follow in Illinois, they informed East St. Louis police and came over to do surveillance,” said Lt. Dave Bivens with Illinois State Police.

Police said the men, who were driving a stolen Chrysler Sebring, took off down an alley while shooting back at officers.

“They had three subjects in the suspects’ vehicle jump out of the moving car and flee on foot. However, before they fled, one of the subjects continued to fire at police. One off the officers returned fire,” Bivens.

The three men got away, but police said they may know someone in the area who hid them.

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