The owner of a well-known St. Louis party bus died days after being struck by a stolen truck during a carjacking in downtown St. Louis.
Mike Arnold, the owner of Gus Gus Fun Bus, was taken to the hospital with critical injuries after being hit by a stolen Ford F-150 near Kiener Plaza on June 16. Friday morning, Arnold’s wife posted on the GoFundMe that he died Thursday night.
“He fought hard but I’m so sad to say that his body couldn’t fight any longer and he lost the battle yesterday evening,” read a portion of her post.
According to court records, 20 -year-old Curtis Alford used pepper spray to carjack a Ford F-150 from two women and then hit two witnesses as he sped away. Arnold was one of the two people struck.
During his attempted escape, Alford stopped to allow Jana Stowers, 18, into the passenger side.
Police said Alford and Stowers admitted to planning a robbery in order to steal the truck.
Alford, who is from Maplewood, was charged with 10 felonies, including assault and robbery. His bail was set at $200,000.
Stowers, from East St. Louis, was charged with robbery and armed criminal action. Her cash-only bail was set at $40,000.
After news of Arnold’s injuries spread, a GoFundMe page was set up to help pay for medical expenses. You can donate here.
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