ST. ANN, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Two escaped inmates from the Lincoln County Jail carjacked a man before leading officers on a multi-county chase and crashing in North County Monday night.
Authorities arrived to the 300 block of Dunn in Troy, Mo. at 8:30 p.m. after a report of carjacking. Once there, officers spoke to a man who said two men, later identified as 26-year-old Kurt Wallace and 38-year-old James Flannel, approached him while he was backing out of his driveway, demanding a ride to St. Louis.
"One of them was bloody and he'd been cut on the hand. He told me he'd been shot and needed to get to the city because his father was a police officer," said Dale Averitt.
After he refused to give them a ride, both men opened the front car doors to enter. Scared for his life, Averitt got out the car as the suspects fled the area.
Multiple police agencies were able to track the stolen car using GPS.
"We were able to call OnStar with the VIN and they were able to activate the OnStar system and track it,” said Troy police detective Tony Stewart.
Police began tracking the stolen SUV from near eastbound Interstate 70 near TR Hughes Boulevard in O’Fallon, Mo., officials say.
Police said Wallace and Flannel then led the officers on a chase before the SUV lost control on the wet pavement and hit an embankment near the Hanley exit on Interstate 70.
One suspect ran to a nearby MetroLink stop and was taken into custody by the US Marshal's Service. Police said they arrested the other as he was crawling from the car.
Police were able to identify both men as two federal inmates that escaped from the Lincoln County Jail.
According to the Lincoln County Sheriff, the inmates improvised a makeshift saw from broken parts of an electric hair clipper and used it to weaken a metal restraining bar that was later ripped from the cell wall.
A deputy found the damaged wall at 8:34 p.m. and immediately placed the jail in a full lockdown.
Wallace was originally arrested in connection to the shooting death of the killing of De Smet football coach Jaz Granderson in October 2017. In 2018, Flannel was indicted in the deadly carjacking of Boris Iouioukine, a Laclede Cab Company driver.
Both were transported to a St. Louis hospital for treatment for their injuries.
Wallace is facing federal charges of carjacking, discharging a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime, aiding & abetting discharging a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and felon in possession of a firearm.
Flannel is facing federal charges of carjacking, felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, discharging a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, resulting in death.
On Tuesday, both men were charged with stealing a motor vehicle in connection with the carjacking. Bond is set at $100,000 cash-only.