ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Central West End residents are crying victory after a judge denied a request to lower bond for a man who allegedly robbed a business in November.
David Carroll, 35, is charged with first degree robbery, armed criminal action and possession of drugs after police say he robbed the EYEROC business in Maryland Plaza.
According to court documents, Carroll entered the business and asked to see some glasses. After a saleswoman showed him multiple pairs, Carroll reportedly said he was “going to take the glasses.”
When the saleswoman asked him what he meant, Carroll replied, “I am going to take these or I am going to shoot up this place.” He then walked out of the store with two pairs of glasses. Carroll has six prior offenses, five of which are charges related to stealing.
Thursday, Carroll’s defense counsel appeared before the judge and requested to reduce Carroll’s bond. As part of the Neighborhood Security Initiative members of the Central West End community have been focusing on cases in their community and working to ensure offenders are kept off the streets.
Jack Erker, owner of EYEROC, and one of his employees attended the bond hearing and provided compelling statements to the judge to dissuade her from lowering the bond.
The Neighborhood Security Initiative and University Medical Center plan to hire a full-time Court Advocate to begin 2013. The organizations hope having a dedicated advocate to testify in court will have an impact on crime in both CWE and Forest Park South East neighborhoods.