ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- A St. Louis man was able to scare off robbers when he pulled out his gun as they tried to steal his car.
On April 24, two suspects police describe as black males between 13 and 15 approached the victim and asked if they could use his phone while he was in the 4300 block of Maryland.
When he pulled it out, a third suspect, described as a black man in his mid 20s, punched the victim in the face, knocking him down.
When he fell, the victim also dropped his keys, which the trio picked up. As they started walking toward the man’s car, he pulled out his gun.
Seeing the gun, the suspects fled on foot.
Police believe the same suspects were involved in a robbery four days later in the 6100 block of Pershing Avenue.
A female victim said four suspects approached her after she parked her car. One of them demanded her keys, which she gave them. Then one of the suspects raised his fist to threaten her and demanded her phone.
All four suspects then got in her car and fled. Police later recovered the car.
The robberies are part of a recent string of violence in the Central West End, as police are also searching suspects in two assaults.
On May 5, a 33-year-old deaf man was assaulted at the intersection of Euclid and Lindell. A group of five men approached him around 9:30 p.m. and began assaulting him.READ: WANTED: Group of men assault deaf man in Central West EndThe man was not robbed and did not know his assailants, making the assault apparently random.
Three days prior to that assault, and elderly man was walking a dog in the 4300 block of McPherson when a black man his early 20s rode by on a bike.READ: Elderly man, walking a dog, assaulted in Central West EndAfter passing the victim, the suspect reportedly turned around and shoved the man to the ground.
Police have released photos of all the suspects involved in the recent crimes, and are asking the public for help identifying them.
Anyone with information is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.