Police say officers have arrested a suspect after multiple armed robberies and kidnappings in and around the Central West End.
The arrest happened in the 5100 block of Ashland Wednesday. Resident Arthur Atlas said he saw officers make the arrest in his backyard.
"They caught him right in here, they tased him and handcuffed him," said Atlas.
Police believe on Tuesday, June 12 on S. Kingshighway the suspect followed a 37-year-old woman to her apartment near Forest Park and demanded her to hand over her belongings. The suspect was later seen on surveillance using the victim's credit card at the Schnucks on Lindell.
Another robbery occurred on Friday, June 15 in the 600 block of Clara. The victim, a 29-year-old woman, was approached by the suspect just outside her apartment building. The suspect showed a weapon and demanded she hand over her belongings, according to police.
Two days later, a 25-year-old woman was walking to her car parked in 4400 block of Maryland near the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis when the suspect, a man in his mid-30s, approached her as she opened her car door. The suspect flashed a gun and demanded the victim get in the passenger's seat, according to police.
The suspect then drove the victim in her car to an ATM on Natural Bridge and Union where he used the victim’s ATM card to make several withdrawals police said. The suspect drove around for a little while longer before parking the victim’s car at the Wohl Recreation Center on N. Kingshighway where he fled the scene on foot.
The suspect was described by the victim as standing between 5’9” and 6’0”, wearing a Looney Tunes t-shirt and a blue baseball cap.
Then, on June 19, the suspect followed a 21-year-old woman to her apartment complex lobby in the 4400 block of Lindell, showed a gunhand and demanded her purse around 1 p.m. The suspect then reportedly demanded to be let into the victim's apartment, at which time the victim started to yell for help and the suspect left the scene.
About 30 minutes later, police said a 79-year-old woman and 77-year-old woman entered the front seats of a car in the 4500 block of McPherson when the suspect entered the back seat. The victims told police the suspect showed a handgun and demanded money and purses from them. After taking their items, the suspect ordered the women to drive to a gas station on Natural Bridge.
Once they arrived at the gas station, he ordered the 79-year-old woman to go to a nearby ATM and remove money. After getting the money, the woman reentered the car and the suspect ordered them to drive west on Natural Bridge. The victims told police they believe the suspect exited their vehicle in the area of Cote Brilliante and Belt.
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