• Blogs

    October 23, 2014

    Police Catch Armed Robber Lying in a Ditch with Gun, Money

    St. Louis County police say they busted a suspected armed robber Monday after he stole cash from a south St. Louis County gas station. Shawn Walther, 37, of the 6000 block of Yorkshire Drive, faces charges of first-degree robbery and armed criminal action. According to reports from police, Walther ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2014

    Michael Brown Police Report: Photos Suggest Robbery Beforehand, Limited Other Details

    Ferguson police this morning released the name of the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown on Saturday. Darren Wilson is a six-year veteran of the Ferguson police force with a clean record, according to Chief Tom Jackson who delivered the long-awaited news at a press conference this morning in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2014

    Teen Charged With Murder After Drug Robbery Leaves One Dead, Another Paralyzed: Police

    Gunmen shot at two men and killed a nineteen-year-old in a vacant house in the Carondelet neighborhood last week as a drug deal turned into a robbery, according to St. Louis police. On Friday the Circuit Attorney's Office filed a string of charges against Samuel Vazquez-Gonzales, eighteen, of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Man Applies for Job at Car Wash Before Robbing It, Shooting Employee: Police

    Maybe he was casing the joint. Maybe he forgot his resume. Either way, police are on the lookout for the man who tried to rob Hands On Detailing car wash last weekend by asking for a job first. Just after 5 p.m. Friday, an unidentified man in a white hooded jacket, light-colored jeans and a red bas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    Cops Shoot Armed Robber, Catch Get-A-Way Driver After McDonald's Holdup: Police

    Two North St. Louis men face charges for armed robbery and resisting arrest after holding up a McDonald's Wednesday night and running from the cops, according to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police. Officers shot one of the suspects when he refused to lower his weapon after a foot chase, according to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    Robber Shoots Teen in Both Hands After Hold-Up

    Even after an eighteen-year-old robbery victim turned over all his belongings during a stick-up Sunday night, the thief left him with two parting gifts: bullet holes in both hands. St. Louis Metropolitan Police are investigating the robbery and assault that occurred around 11:45 p.m. Sunday near Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    Cornell McKay Sentenced To Twelve Years For CWE Robbery: "I Know I Didn't Rob Her"

    Adriane Smith -- Cornell McKay's mother -- grasped Tayra Douglas' right hand as Judge Robin Vannoy sentenced her son on Thursday to twelve years in prison. The relatively moderate sentence (prosecutors had asked for twenty years) ended an emotional hearing that featured testimony from the victim of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    Homicide No. 27: Clem Russell, Suspected Jack in the Box Robber, Shot While Gambling

    Clem Russell, a nineteen-year-old from south city, was just one of the four people in St. Louis City shot in three separate shootings in a two-hour stretch Saturday night. But he's the only one who didn't make it out alive. Russell was gambling with friends in the alley behind the 3500 block of Pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    Justin Williams, 28, Charged in Killing, Robbery of County Gas Station Owner Irshad Khan, 63

    Another St. Louis area store employee has been robbed and murdered in a nighttime shooting -- but this time, police have found the suspect. This week, detectives with the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis were able to successfully track down and apprehend 28-year-old Justin Williams, a Bellefo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    Gateway Metro Credit Union Rejects Muslim Woman Adiaratou Sall Due To Her Headscarf

    Adiaratou Sall, a 46-year-old Hazelwood resident, has been a customer at Gateway Metro Federal Credit Union for ten years. Sall also happens to be Muslim and wears a headscarf whenever she is in public, which, until recently, has not been a problem. Last week, however, when she went to the bank's n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2013

    Sentenced: Man Who Shoved Knife into Woman, Stole Her Purse, Threw It in Dumpster

    Police say that James Johnson came up behind a woman outside of a St. Louis drugstore, "shoved a knife into her lower back," and said he would kill her if she didn't give him her purse. She fought back -- but he pushed her into her car and ran away with her belongings. He then, according to the Ci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    Police: Ronald Burns Robs Woman At Gunpoint After She Refuses to Give Her Phone Number

    If you can't get a woman's phone number, might as well just try and take her whole phone! That seems to be thinking of 22-year-old Ronald Burns who, according to police documents, entered a St. Louis store on Tuesday and tried to get a woman's number. When she declined, he left the store. But a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    Pro Tip: If You Rob a Gas Station, Don't Leave Your Keys There

    At 8:30 on the morning of New Year's Eve, two crooks used a gun to rob a gas station at the intersection of Bates Street and Virginia Avenue in the Carondelet neighborhood. The robbers made off with cash and checks. However, according to the probable cause statement, one of them left his keys at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    Man Cuffed for Three Armed Robberies in 33 Minutes

    Sometimes, when criminals go for it, they really go for it. Authorities believe that Darien Babbit -- a 20-year-old from the 3300 block of Greenway Chase Drive -- was one of the two guys behind the brief-but-industrious armed robbery spree that ended downtown Sunday night. According to the probable ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2013

    21-Year-Old Charged With Robbing Two Banks Over the Past Week

    Isadore E. Glover, a 21-year-old from the O'Fallon neighborhood, has started out 2013 by getting charged with robbery of not one but TWO different banks -- robberies, by the way, that did not always go smoothly. The first one occurred on Saturday, at the PNC bank at 4323 North Grand Boulevard, accor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2013

    Terrell Reed, 21, Charged With Robbing Two Women on South Grand

    Right around Thanksgiving, two women were robbed just steps away from the South Grand Business District. Today, a young man from the Tower Grove East neighborhood was charged with the crime. Terrell Reed, a 21-year-old from the 3200 block of Arsenal Street, now faces two counts of first-degree robbe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2012

    Victim Confronts Armed Robber in South City, Gets Shot Three Times

    Last night, city cops say, a 21-year-old Hispanic male was sitting in a car with a female in the 3300 block of Oregon. This was just north of the Cherokee Street business district in Benton Park West. At about 11 pm, a suspect approached. He was reportedly a black male, about 5'8" tall with a thin b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    Another Pizza Delivery Driver Attacked -- This Time With Bricks

    On Thursday evening, a pizza delivery woman left Pizza Milano (on South Grand Boulevard) to deliver some food. Cops describe her as a 30-year-old white female. She arrived on the 7100 block of Virginia Avenue in the Carondelet neighborhood just after 8 pm, city cops say. She knocked on the door, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    Open Letter to Fast-Food Workers Victimized by Crooks: Daily RFT Stands With You

    To all you fast-food workers who've been victimized by robbers recently: It's probably scary just to show up for work these days. Last night, the Jack-in-the-Box at 4201 South Kingshighway was robbed. Two young males jumped over the counter, ordered employees to the back, plundered the registers and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    Man Charged with Robbing Domino's Driver While Wearing Spiderman Mask

    A North County man is locked up right now on charges that he robbed a Domino's delivery driver on November 9, the St. Louis County Police say.  Yes -- another robbery involving a pizza guy. Is this St. Louis' most dangerous job? Richard D. Whitehead, a 31-year-old from the 300 block of Chalmett ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    Another Newman Charged With Robbing, Shooting Young Woman In Face

    Remember those brutal robberies near I-44 and Grand Boulevard where people were giving up their goods but still getting shot - sometimes in the face? Less than two weeks ago, authorities arrested Vincent Newman of Midtown on the belief that he was responsible. Now they now believe one of the inciden ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    Keith Esters & Johnathan Perkins Charged in Brentwood Kidnapping

    Keith Esters and Johnathan Perkins, already charged with murder in the death of former SLU volleyball player Megan Boken, were yesterday charged with armed robbery and felonious restraint for their part in a crime that took place August 12 in Brentwood.In the Brentwood robbery, Esters and Perkins al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    Five Women Robbed Outside Busch Stadium Wednesday Night

    St. Louis police revealed that an armed robbery occurred at 11 p.m. Wednesday night in the 500 block of South Broadway outside Busch Stadium (above), one that had several similarities to an armed robbery Sunday night in the Central West End. In Wednesday's incident, police say a group of five women ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    Keith Esters and Jonathan Perkins Charged with Murder of Megan Boken

    Keith Esters, 18, and Jonathan Perkins, 18, have been charged with the murder of Megan Boken. According to the probable cause statement, Esters' girlfriend told police that he  made plans with his cousin, Jonathan Perkins, to commit a robbery in the Central West End on Saturday. Perkins then dr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    Man Shot During Hold-Up In Fairground Park

    A 24-year-old black man told police he was walking in the back alley of the 3500 block of Natural Bridge Avenue in the Fairground Park neighborhood just before midnight on Monday when a black man approached him. The new arrival announced a robbery, and at least one other man appeared to assist the h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    Riverfront Robbers Empty Guns at Helpless Victims, Who Escape Serious Injury

    Police say a  trio of men in their early 20s were parked in the 800 block of South Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard on the riverfront at 1:35 a.m. last night when they were approached by two black men and a white man, all in their early 20s. Two of the newcomers produced small pistols and ordered t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2012

    Robbery Victim Drives to Police Station While Being Robbed

    [UPDATE: How the man arrived at the police station and the chronology of the incident updated with information from the police incident report.]St. Louis Police officers were driving north in the 4000 block of Union, near the North Patrol station, when a car traveling south crossed the center line a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    Donrico Holmes ID'd by Police as Suspect In Sex Assault on Three Girls

    Donrico Holmes, 32, has been charged in connection with the armed robbery and sexual assault of three girls ages 12 to 17 on July 23. Holmes is not in custody at this time, however; police released this mugshot from a prior arrest. At the time of the alleged assault, Holmes had short braids, as seen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    Attempted Robbery in the Ville Foiled by "Victim" Who Has a Gun of His Own

    Police are investigating an attempted robbery that became a shoot-out in the 2900 block of North Newstead Avenue last night at 9:30 p.m. According to the incident summary, a 31-year-old black man was nearing a convenience store when a 20-to-25-year-old black man approached him with gun drawn and tol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    Shermell Crockett Arrested & Charged in Connection to Murder of Daniil Maksimenko

    [UPDATE: Shermell Crockett has now been charged with second-degree murder, two counts of armed criminal action and one count of first-degree robbery. Police are still seeing two other suspects. Original post follows.] Shermell A. Crockett, 20, was arrested early this morning in connection to the rob ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Man Wanted in Two Robberies; More Importantly, We're Predicting his Nickname

    ​The man in the photo to the right is suspected of robbing the St. Louis Community Credit Union (3651 Forest Park) Monday at 12:59 p.m. He did not indicate that he was armed, but he did hand over a note demanding money, and the teller complied, giving him an undetermined amount of cash.Police susp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    Logo Bandit Believed to Have Hit Two Banks in One Day

    ​This probably isn't what Nike had in mind in terms of brand advertising. The St. Louis Logo Bandit, whom we've covered before, has continued his now-notorious bank-robbing spree through affluent areas of west St. Louis County. The image-conscious thief, who tends to sport brand-name apparel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    Serial Robber on the Loose in St. Louis; Suspect Involved in Nine Incidents This Morning

    ​St. Louis police are on the lookout for a man involved in nine armed robberies and/or attempted robberies this morning. All the incidents occurred between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. in 1st, 3rd and 9th police districts (highlighted in red to the left). According to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Depart ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    St. Louis Bank Robberies Have Doubled So Far This Year

    www.bandittrackerstlouis.comMcBurglar: "super-size that bundle for me, please."​Three and a half months into the year, there have already been 24 bank robberies in the St. Louis area -- more than double the number of robberies by this point last year. (The number doesn't include Illinois count ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    10 Crimes That Prove Junk Food Makes People Stupid

    New York Post"Hand over the bearclaws or I'll make another crappy sequel!"​This week researchers at Bristol University released a study claiming that kids who consume junk food before age three are more likely to have lower IQs in the future. While nutritional research should always be taken w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    ATM Solutions Robbery Adds a Kidnapping: Relatives of Suspect Held for Ransom

    A record heist. A jail break. And now a kidnapping? Who says sequels are never as good as the original?​The FBI announced today that two teenage girls believed to be related to one of the suspects in August's multi-million robbery of ATM Solutions were kidnapped and held for ransom this week. Four ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    World's Ugliest "Woman" Robs St. Louis Bank

    Looks like "she" is also in need of a shave.​The St. Louis police department is seeking public assistance in identifying a suspect who robbed a south city bank Wednesday. The incident occurred around 2:20 p.m. September 15 at the Southern Commercial Bank on Meramec. According to police, the thie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Wash. U. Among Nation's Most Dangerous Colleges [Updated]

    Wikimedia CommonsAbandon hope (and your wallet, your bicycle and possibly your car) ye who enter here.​Oh, hello there Daily Beast rankings! It's been a while since we heard from you. Not that we missed you. You have such a way of making us feel bad about ourselves, even if we have doubts abou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    St. Louis Police Seek Ding Dongs Who Robbed Hostess Store

    ​St. Louis police did not respond to my request asking to get a department official on record calling the crooks pictured here "Ding Dongs." So, I'll have to do it myself. Though I gotta say: I'm a little disappointed that they stand accused of robbery and not soliciting prostitution at the Hostes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2010

    FBI Seeks Help Nabbing "Granddad Bandit" -- Elderly Robber May Have Struck 21 Banks

    The "Granddad Bandit" robs a St. Louis Bank of America in May.​The St. Louis FBI is holding a press conference this morning to call attention to the so-called "Granddad Bandit." The balding bank robber, believed to be in his 50s, robbed the Bank of America at 5600 South Lindbergh Boulevard in St. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2010

    Christopher Holland Jr.: Alleged Robber Shot Dead in Hazelwood

    ​Police have identified the man shot to death during last night's failed robbery in a Hazelwood subdivision. Hazelwood police chief Carl Wolf tells Daily RFT that the deceased is Christopher Dominick Holland Jr. of Pamplin Place in north St. Louis. According to Wolf, Holland attempted to rob by gu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    First Robber of the Year Hits St. Louis Bank; Daily RFT Spots Trend, Offers Solution

    The St. Louis bureau of the FBI reported the first local bank robbery of 2010 on Wednesday. ​The heist occurred at the Neighbors Credit Union on New Halls Ferry Road in Florissant. Other than the robber's skin tone, below is the full description of the perp as stated on, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    Suspect Pedals Away from Bank Robbery

    He went that way. ​This just in from the FBI...Authorities are looking for a "black male, average build and around 5'10" tall" who robbed the Midwest Credit Union on Flower Valley in Florissant bank this morning. The suspect was last seen wearing a thin white cloth wrapped around his head, da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    Maggie O'Brien's Robbery an Inside Job; Employee Tipped Off Men Who Shot Bartender

    St. Louis police announced this morning a fourth suspect in the June 1 robbery at Maggie O'Brien's that left bartender Michael Dolan and one of the thieves, Derrick Bell, dead from gunshot wounds. Stephen HornbuckleThe suspect is Stephen Hornbuckle, a ten-year employee at Maggie O'Brien's, who polic ... More >>

  • News

    July 24, 2002

    Crime Story

    Ghost letter from a powerbroker teaches Slay the perils of using the bully pulpit

  • News

    July 4, 2001


    The only person likely to pay for killing LaTanya Mickles-Hamlin is the guy who named the alleged triggerman

  • Culture

    May 17, 2000

    The Robber

    By Robert Walser; translated and with an introduction by Susan Bernofsky
    University of Nebraska Press, 141 pages, $15

  • News

    February 23, 2000

    Pot Luck

    Calling the cops was probably the last thing Jim Hammond should have done

  • News

    July 28, 1999

    Lost in America

    When the feds busted the "Black String Gang," they scratched the surface of the Vietnamese youth problem in South St. Louis. But no one's bothered to dig deeper into how it started.

  • News

    April 14, 1999
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