Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Norman Tammons: The Carjacker Who Couldn't Drive Straight
By Chad Garrison
on Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 11:39 AM
According to authorities, the 31-year-old from Centreville approached a man at Barnes-Jewish Hospital the evening of December 3 and showed him what he believed to be a knife. Tammons then allegedly ordered the man to fork over his Honda CRV. The two struggled briefly before Tammons pulled away from the scene in the stolen CRV.
Minutes later police say Tammons crashed the vehicle into a divider on the exit ramp on westbound I-64 at Hampton. He immediately left the vehicle and approached two motorist in a Mitsubishi Mirage parked at the stoplight. Tammons allegedly pulled the driver and passenger out of the vehicle and fled southbound on Hampton where he crashed into a median about a mile away at Hampton and Wilson.
Tammons then exited the vehicle and ran to the nearby Shell/Circle K convenience store, say police. There he allegedly approached a man and told him he had a gun and wanted his 1998 Chevrolet Blazer. The owner of the vehicle ran off and Tammons entered the Blazer but didn't drive away. Instead, he ran inside the Circle K where he looted the cash register and took the keys to the clerk's 1999 Ford Taurus.
Tammons then drove off in the Taurus but once again crashed about a mile away at Hampton and Juniata. That's where police finally caught up with him. Tammons was sent to the hospital for injuries and is now in police custody.
Norman Tammons has been charged with four counts of robbery and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident after he allegedly stole three cars Saturday in St. Louis and crashed all three vehicles within minutes.