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Man accused of damaging Cherokee St. bar and hijacking Ameren vehicle

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On Tuesday, 46-year-old Michael Mooney was arrested for using a sledgehammer to cause property damage to a Cherokee St. bar and hijacking an Ameren Missouri vehicle.  Credit: SLMPD On Tuesday, 46-year-old Michael Mooney was arrested for using a sledgehammer to cause property damage to a Cherokee St. bar and hijacking an Ameren Missouri vehicle.  Credit: SLMPD
SOUTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -

The Fortune Teller Bar on Cherokee Street is operating business as usual despite having a boarded-up front window and front door. 

On Tuesday, 46-year-old Michael Mooney was arrested for allegedly using a sledgehammer to cause property damage and kidnapping. The kidnapping charges come from accusations that he hijacked an Ameren Missouri vehicle. 

St. Louis City Police say Mooney jumped onto the back of an Ameren vehicle and told the employee to "drive with disregard to traffic signals, and drive in an aggressive manner."

Eventually, Mooney jumped off the Ameren vehicle and, then, police said he approached an employee of the Fortune Teller Bar who was outside setting up patio tables before the bar opens at 4 p.m. Police say Mooney began "waving the sledgehammer" and that's when the employee ran inside the bar. 

Police say Mooney proceeded to break the front window and door with the sledgehammer causing $750 in damages.

Police say they do not know why Mooney went on the rampage.

Monti Eid, the store manager of Communication Depot, was working two doors down from The Fortune Teller Bar at the time of the incident, and described Mooney's behavior. 

"He was like, 'Call the police.' He was screaming. He might of been under the influence of something. He was like, 'They're after me,'" said Eid. 

Across the street from the bar is Hot Picks, a cell phone repair shop. The owner Brian Robinson is saddened by what happened to his neighbor.

"It's real sad to see other businesses to get vandalized for no reason," said Robinson.

Both of these neighboring business managers say what happened is unusual for their area of Cherokee Street

"It's kind of strange for that to be going on during business hours you know," said Robinson.

"We don't anyone to see that and then deter them from coming back to our store and shopping with us," said Eid. 

Mooney is still in jail being held on a $100,000 cash-only bond. 

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