Man wanted in St. Louis City gas station homicide found hiding in shed in Wentzville mobile home park

A vehicle involved in a homicide was found abandoned in the 800 block of W. Highway N in St. Charles County.
Published: Jan. 17, 2023 at 9:23 AM CST
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ST. CHARLES COUNTY (KMOV) - St. Charles County law enforcement officers have arrested a man wanted for a January homicide in St. Louis City after he was found hiding in a backyard shed in Wentzville.

Police said Brett Kress, 26, was wanted in connection with a homicide on January 7 at the Conoco Gas Station at 1314 Gravois in South St. Louis. St. Louis City Police said Kress is accused of shooting and killing someone who was attempting to steal his car.

Brett Kress of Sauget, Illinois, has been charged with a man's homicide in South City earlier...
Brett Kress of Sauget, Illinois, has been charged with a man's homicide in South City earlier this month.(SLMPD)

Around 4:45 a.m. Tuesday, St. Charles County officers spotted a suspicious vehicle parked in a ditch along Highway N. After running the license plates, the car came back connected to a person of interest, Kress, in the homicide.

A few minutes later, Wentzville Police responded to a call for a stolen vehicle in a nearby subdivision. Unsure if the two incidents were connected, St. Charles County Police, along with O’Fallon Police and Wentzville Police, established a perimeter in the area, focusing on the Castlegate Estates mobile home park.

St. Louis City detectives aided St. Charles County law enforcement, learning Kress’ phone was pinging in the area. Officers found a friend of Kress who lived nearby and helped locate him. Officers surrounded the shed and deployed a flash bang, ahead of Kress’ surrender.

Police said there is no known connection between the discovery of Kress’ car and the car stolen from a nearby subdivision. The stolen car was unlocked, police said, and another vehicle in the same subdivision had a laptop stolen out of it. The stolen car was later found abandoned.