ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Multiple suspects appearing to be teenagers are being sought after stealing a car outside The Pageant Sunday night.
About five or six males, appearing to be between 16 and 18 years old, forcibly removed a man from the driver’s seat of a vehicle in the rear parking lot and punched him multiple times. A woman passenger also exited the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder.
After the victims left the vehicle, the suspects got in and drove east on Delmar.
This is the third car related crime this summer in the loop. There was a carjacking near the same area on July 11th and a string of more than half a dozen car break-ins in June. Police say because of all these recent incidents, they have stepped up patrol in the Delmar Loop. They plan to place a detail of officers in the Loop on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Ken Brown who has worked at The Pageant in The Loop for the last 10 years and also lives in the area is frustrated to see this rise in crime in a popular area. "It's upsetting to know there is people coming down doing bad things like that," said Brown.
Brown says The Pageant has it's own security in their rear parking lot during every show. "We have security out here on show nights patrolling around on golf carts and we always have 1, if not 2, off-duty police officers," said Brown.
The Metro Link parking lot across the street from The Pageant takes on overflow parking for all the traffic in the Delmar Loop. Brown says this lack of parking makes people easy targets for car break-ins and thefts. "We're trying encourage people to ride Lyft and Uber, things like that, which is honestly safer," said Brown.
Police say the surveillance images of the five teens involved in this latest carjacking came from security cameras around Washington University's campus. However, police say they're still trying to determine if they are responsible for any of the other incidents in the area.
The car stolen in Sunday's carjacking was later found unoccupied in the 1500 block of O’Fallon. The male victim who was punched refused medical attention, police said.
Anyone who recognizes the suspects is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477 or police.
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