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Carjacked truck crashes during police pursuit, seriously injuring 2 bystanders

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Xavior Howard, 27, is facing multiple felony charges after sending police on a chase. (Credit: University City Police Department) Xavior Howard, 27, is facing multiple felony charges after sending police on a chase. (Credit: University City Police Department)
The vehicle that was hit by the carjacked truck in north St. Louis (Credit: KMOV) The vehicle that was hit by the carjacked truck in north St. Louis (Credit: KMOV)

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Two bystanders were seriously injured when a carjacking suspect crashed a stolen pickup truck in north St. Louis overnight.

On Thursday police charged Xavior Howard, 27, with first-degree robbery, armed criminal action, possession of a firearm, and resisting arrest.

Around 11 p.m. Wednesday, a man was sitting inside his silver 2016 Nissan Frontier pickup truck in the 8400 block of Olive when he was approached by a suspect in his late 20’s. Howard reportedly pointed a semiautomatic handgun at the man and demanded him to exit the truck. When the man exited the truck, the Howard told him to run, which he did.

The man ran into a local business and told employees he had just been robbed. The employees inside the store then called 911.

While officers with the University City Police Department were heading to the scene, they saw the carjacked truck traveling on Olive passing Ferguson. After confirming the personalized license plate on the truck matched the one reportedly carjacked, the officers activated their red lights and sirens and attempted to pull it over.

Police said Howard refused to pull over, leading police on a chase. Several other local agencies joined the University City officers in the pursuit through St. Louis City and County. The truck eventually crashed into a second vehicle on Natural Bridge east of Kingshighway.

Following the crash, the suspect was taken into custody. He was also taken to the hospital to be treated for serious injuries.

The driver and passenger in the vehicle that was hit by the carjacked truck were taken to the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

According to police, the suspect’s gun was found inside the crashed truck. The gun was reported stolen out of St. Louis City days before.

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