No carjacking charges filed after suspect tried to carjack two officers, St. Louis City police say

Published: Mar. 19, 2022 at 11:55 AM CDT|Updated: Mar. 21, 2022 at 6:02 PM CDT
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ST. LOUIS (KMOV) - The St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office is speaking out after carjacking charges were not applied to a man police claimed tried to steal their car.

The incident happened near the intersection of Chouteau and Tucker, just after 3 a.m. Saturday. Authorities said the two officers were on their way to a call for shots fired near Chouteau and 7th when 27-year-old Allen Robinson stepped into an eastbound lane of Chouteau, blocking the fully-marked squad car. Police told News 4 Robinson then walked to the passenger side of the car and pointed a gun at the officers, in an attempt to carjack them. The officers said they were able to maneuver to safety while the suspect realized he was carjacking officers in a marked squad car. The suspect then ran off.

After an officer in need of aid call then went out, other officers who responded to the call found the suspect and took him into custody. A gun was found on the suspect. according to police. No officers were injured.

On Wednesday morning, the Circuit Attorney’s Office only charged Robinson with unlawful use of a weapon, not anything pertaining to an attempted carjacking. According to St. Louis Police, Robinson is being held at the Jefferson County jail on unrelated charges.

“Any suggestion that the evidence provided by SLMPD supports [the] charge of robbery 1st/carjacking in this incident is an unfortunate and inaccurate characterization. Investigations take time, and we should wait until the facts are submitted and reviewed.” the Circuit Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

St. Louis Police Officers Association President Jay Schroeder told News 4 the alleged crime was shocking, but he wasn’t shocked that tougher charges were not applied by the Circuit Attorney’s Office.

“I haven’t talked to the officers personally but they met with the other officers, and everybody collectively felt that this was a carjacking and that’s how they were going to proceed and of course the circuit attorney’s office saw it differently,” he said.

The Circuit Attorney’s Office declined to provide further comment or additional information on why the charges sought by the officers, which included first-degree robbery, were not issued.

Kristi Flint, a former area prosecutor, said there could be a number of reasons why tougher charges weren’t applied.

“In this case it can be they don’t have proof that the individual was actually trying to take a car, all they can prove is that he was flourishing the gun,” she said. “So it would be up to the police officers who were the witnesses and the victims to provide evidence or testimony that would establish the fact that this individual was trying to take a car.”

Schroeder said if unlawful possession of a weapon was the only charge that could be issued based on evidence then why did it take days to issue charges.

News 4 has filed a formal request for any body and dash camera video from the incident. St. Louis police declined to comment.

An SLMPD spokesperson says Robinson is currently being held in Jefferson County on unrelated charges.