ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A Barnes-Jewish hospital employee was the victim of an armed robbery in broad daylight Wednesday afternoon at the Duncan Central Garage.
The victim parked her car and as she was exiting, the suspect approached the vehicle demanding the keys and her cell phone. As the victim drive out of the parking garage, he lost control and hit a light pole on Taylor Avenue – which disabled the vehicle.
The car was stolen from the fourth floor of the garage.
The suspect got out of the car and fled on foot. Hospital security officers chased the victim, but lost sight near the intersection of Laclede and Newstead.
St. Louis Police responded and searched for the suspect, but was unsuccessful locating him.
The suspect is a black male wearing a white T-shirt, and “public safety believes they have the suspect confined in the perimeter or Forest Park and Taylor,” and police are on the scene, according to the alert sent to employees.
The victim was not injured. Her car and cell phone were recovered.
The victim remains at large.
The following email was sent to Barnes-Jewish employees about 11:30 a.m.:
“An armed robbery of an employee was just reported at the Duncan Central Garage, fourth floor. The suspect is an African American male wearing a white t-shirt. The victim’s car was stolen and later crashed on Taylor. Public safety believes they have the suspect confined in the perimeter of Forest Park and Taylor and the St. Louis Police Department is on the scene.
Please call Public Safety at 314-362-0750 should you have any further concerns. The safety of our employees, patients and visitors is a top priority and we will be providing updates.”
A black SUV involved in the incident has been towed away from the scene, KMOX’s Michael Calhoun reports.
The recent rash of south-side carjackings and robberies has prompted St. Louis police and the FBI to form a task force to find the criminals.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.