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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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

Posted By on Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 8:00 AM


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 Pennsylvania Avenue before 6 p.m. when an unknown gunman started firing, striking Russell in the back and shoulder and striking another twenty-year-old victim in the shoulder.

See also: Three Shootings Leave Three Dead, Teen Injured (Homicides No. 10,11 & 12)

click to enlarge The 3500 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, where Clem Russell was shot. - GOOGLE MAPS
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Russell caught Daily RFT's radar two years ago when he was arrested for robbing the South Kingshighway Jack in the Box during a spate of fast-food stickups.

See also: Two Charged in South City Jack in the Box Stickup

When Russell was arrested two hours after the robbery, he was wearing the same clothes and hiding the same type of gun seen in surveillance video of the robbery, police said. He and an accomplice were also carrying the exact amount of money stolen from the restaurant.

The Jack in the Box armed robbery felt like the last straw for restaurant workers at a time when the news was full of violent stories involving fast-food joints, including some White Castle robberies and the robberies (and murder) of pizza-delivery drivers.

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

As part of his conditional release, a judge ordered Russell to stay away from the south-city Jack in the Box. Last year, he was charged with two counts of assault by physical injury of a highway worker in a construction zone and two counts of marijuana possession.

There were two other (apparently unrelated) shootings Saturday night, according to police reports.

Continue reading for more about the other two shootings, as well as full reports from police.

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