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2 arrested, 1 at large for robbing teens with gun, machetes in St. Peters

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Angel Mendez, 20, and Derrick Mitchell, 18, both face several counts of robbery and armed criminal action for allegedly robbing three teens with guns and machetes at a St. Peters home Angel Mendez, 20, and Derrick Mitchell, 18, both face several counts of robbery and armed criminal action for allegedly robbing three teens with guns and machetes at a St. Peters home
Angel Mendez, 20 is accused of robbing 3 teens at a St. Peters home with guns and machetes Angel Mendez, 20 is accused of robbing 3 teens at a St. Peters home with guns and machetes
Derrick Mitchell charged in alleged violent home invasion Derrick Mitchell charged in alleged violent home invasion

ST. PETERS (KMOV.com) - Police are looking for a person involved in an alleged violent home invasion in St. Peters. Two men are in custody and charged with allegedly robbing three teens by threatening them with a gun and machetes.

Angel Mendez, 20, and Derrick Mitchell, 18, both face several counts of robbery and armed criminal action after police say they tricked their way into a home on Spencer Road on January 2.

"They said they were at a party a few days ago, they said they left keys, as soon as the suspects got into the house they put on masks and pulled out weapons," explained Officer Melissa Doss, spokesperson for St. Peters police.

The robbers used two machetes and a gun, forcing the teen victims onto the floor.

Court documents say one suspect said, "Take the TV," and another said, "Blast them, they are going to call the cops."

Both teens got away with a TV, cell phones, wallets and money from the home.

The victims did not know the suspects but realized they were in pictures from their New Year's Eve party.

Officials say it was thanks to pictures posted on social media that police were able to track down Mendez and Mitchell.

According to court documents, Mendez said Mitchell was the ringleader of the plan and Mitchell paid him and another accomplice "$20 each for their participation in the incident."

Mendez told police he threw away the swords into a dumpster.

Police are looking for a third suspect and while they say thankfully no one was injured, they hope others can learn from this incident.

"You have to know who's coming over to your house because stuff like this happens," said Doss.  "They've opened up their homes to strangers who saw there were valuable items in the house and came back to take advantage."

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