Cuffed Suspect Goes On Cop-Car Joyride
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — In the case of one man arrested in connection with a 7-Eleven robbery and allegedly stealing a police car while he was handcuffed, it was one hell of a night.
A 27-year-old man was arrested Tuesday night for his role as one of three men involved in a robbery and for stealing two motor vehicles, according to the St. Louis Police Department.
Police reports say three men wearing hooded sweatshirts and surgical face masks entered the 7-Eleven around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday. Gunshots were fired by the three men at the scene, but no one was hurt, police said. The men fled in a red Chevrolet, and police said a vehicle matching the same description was involved in an attempted robbery of another man around 10 p.m.
When spotted by police, the suspects got out of the car and began to flee from the scene. One of them, the 27-year-old, was nabbed and handcuffed.
The details about what happened next remain hazy. Somehow, the handcuffed suspect was able to maneuver his handcuffs to the front of his body and peeling away in the unmarked police car, according to police reports.
Shortly after crashing the cop car into a tree, police said the still-handcuffed suspect took another car, this one being a Pontiac Grand Prix, later found in Northeast St. Louis. The suspect was arrested less than a mile from where the Pontiac was found. The other two suspects remain at-large, according to police.
The St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s office told KMOX that the St. Louis Police Department has yet to bring the case in for review, making the suspects names unavailable.