ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) - Three women were robbed at gunpoint on their way to church in mid-January and authorities say the incident is only a small part of a string of armed robberies by the same crooks.
In a span of nine days, 18-year-old Gordon Prothro, 19-year-old Johnny Lee and 18-year-old Troy Russ are accused of robbing five women and two men in four separate incidents. Prosecutors say there could be other suspects involved and are asking other victims to come forward with information.
On January 18, Prothro and Lee allegedly robbed three women on Wells Ave. as they were loading their car, on their way to church.
“They were headed to church, they had to get something out of the back seat for one of the young ladies to get into the back seat,” said Sharon Holmes, the aunt of the victims. “Two guys came walking down the street and pulled a gun out on them.”
Court documents show the two passed a gun back and forth during the armed robbery, taking the women’s cell phones and wallets. The suspects also robbed victims on Hodiamont, Clara at Wells, and on Vernon Ave. No one was hurt during the robberies.
Prothro, Lee and Russ were all taken into custody on Wednesday.