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St. Louis prosecutor declines to file charges against man to tried to carjack marked police SUV

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Update: Apparently the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s office has declined to file charges against a man who tried to carjack a marked police SUV over the weekend.

Despite St. Louis Metro PD seeking multiple charges against the 27-year-old man, Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner’s office refused to press charges.

According to 5 on your side, “a spokeswoman for Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner said the case “is under investigation,” but declined to offer additional information about why charges weren’t filed in connection with Saturday’s incident.”

Earlier:

Mitchell Willetts

The Charlotte Observer

A suspected Missouri carjacker realized too late that the vehicle he was trying to steal was a police SUV, and his would-be victims were officers, St. Louis police told news outlets.

Officers were responding to a shots fired call in downtown St. Louis, near the intersection of Chouteau Avenue and South 7th Street around 3 a.m. on March 19, KMOV reported.

A 27-year-old man walked out into the street, blocking the SUV — which was fully marked — and moved up to the passenger side, aiming a gun at the two occupants, according to KTVI.

The officers drove away to a safe distance “while the suspect simultaneously discovered he was attempting to carjack a fully marked police car,” police told the outlet. “The suspect took off running.”

The two officers told dispatch what happened and gave a description of the suspect, KSDK reported.

A short time later, officers found the man about a block away and he was arrested in a restaurant parking lot, the TV station reported.

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