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Boken Murder Suspects Charged In Brentwood Kidnapping

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Keith Esters & Johnathan Perkins

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The two 18-year-old cousins charged in the shooting death of a St. Louis University graduate are now facing new charges for a separate crime in St. Louis County.

The suspects, Johnathan Perkins and Keith Esters, are now charged with first-degree robbery, felonious restraint and two counts of armed criminal in the armed robbery and kidnapping of a woman at Brentwood Square Shopping Center in mid-August.

In that crime, police say two men armed with a handgun forced their way into a woman’s car, made her drive to an ATM and take out money. She then drove them back to the shopping center where they ran away on foot.

A cash bail of $200,000 has been set in the Brentwood case.

Perkins and Esters were charged with murder Friday in the August 18 murder of Megan Boken in the Central West End.

Esters – the alleged gunman in the Boken murder – was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree attempted robbery, and two counts of armed criminal action.

Perkins was charged with second-degree murder, second-degree attempted robbery, and two counts of armed criminal action.  Both are being held without bond in the Boken case.

Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce says the pair spotted Boken talking on her cell phone at Maryland and Taylor Saturday afternoon, and decided to rob her.  A struggle broke out and Boken was shot in the neck and chest.

Until their arrest, Esters and Perkins had no criminal record, Joyce said.

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