Suspect in Mid Rivers Mall, Ameristar Casino carjacking charged - KMOV.com

Suspect in Mid Rivers Mall, Ameristar Casino carjacking charged

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Darius L. Smiley is accused of carjacking a woman at Mid Rivers Mall. Credit: St. Peters PD Darius L. Smiley is accused of carjacking a woman at Mid Rivers Mall. Credit: St. Peters PD
ST. CHARLES COUNTY (KMOV.com) -

Authorities have charged the man who was allegedly involved in a stolen vehicle and assault incident at Mid Rivers Mall Saturday, December 9.

Police say around 11:15 a.m. outside of the Dillard’s entrance to the mall, 23-year-old Darius L. Smiley approached the victim’s car asking for a cigarette. While the victim was distracted, Smiley entered the vehicle, displayed a gun and demanded the victim get out of the car.

The victim attempted to defend himself but did sustain several facial injuries. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he was treated and released with non-life threatening injuries.

According to police, Smiley then fled the scene with the victim’s Chevy Trailblazer. Soon after exiting the mall and getting on eastbound I-70, a tire blew out on the vehicle disabling it. Police say, Smiley abandoned the vehicle on the interstate, got into a white Hyundai Sonata that was being driven by another subject and fled the area.

Approximately 20 minutes later, St. Charles police responded to a call, similar in nature, at Ameristar Casino for a stolen vehicle. Police say witnesses on the scene saw two men in a white sedan.

Police eventually stopped the white Hyundai Sonata in North County later Saturday afternoon. One black male was arrested and a firearm was recovered. 

Smiley is charged with first-degree robbery and third-degree armed criminal action and assault. He is currently being held at St. Charles County Jail on a $75,000 bond. 

Police are still attempting to identify the second suspect involved in the robbery. 

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact St. Peters Police Department at the Crime Solvers hotline at 636-278-1000.

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