Adam Matthew Stocker, 18, of Arnold and Dominic Michael Svoboda, 17, of Festus each have been charged with two felonies for allegedly burglarizing a home in the 1500 block of Fox Ridge Court in Arnold. The victims, a 57-year-old man and a 53-year-old woman, were home when the two men allegedly broke in, according to court documents.
At about 11 p.m. July 7, one of the suspects reportedly entered the home through a rear kitchen door and went to the basement to let the other suspect in. Then, Stocker and Svoboda allegedly made their way to the main floor where they started ransacking a room and taking items, Arnold Police reported.
However, the female victim woke up and reportedly spotted Stocker and Svoboda and called for her husband. Stocker fled the home, but the husband confronted Svoboda, who allegedly was holding an AK-47 pistol. The male victim wrestled the gun away from Svoboda, who then fled, according to the report.
Stocker and Svoboda were located near the home and arrested. Svoboda initially was taken to Mercy Hospital South in south St. Louis County to be treated for an injury to his right leg that happened when he allegedly jumped a fence and fell down an embankment, the report said.
After he was treated, Svoboda was transported to the Police Station, and both he and Stocker were booked and transported to the Jefferson County Jail. On July 8, the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged each one of the suspects with first-degree burglary, a class B felony punishable by five to 15 years in prison, and stealing, a class D felony that carries a maximum penalty of seven years, court records show.
Stocker also is facing four charges for possession of a controlled substance from incidents in May 2018 and August 2018, both in Jefferson County, court documents indicate.
As of Thursday afternoon (July 18), Stocker was being held at Jefferson County Jail on $66,000 in surety bonds for the various charges against him.
Svoboda was released July 9 after a $10,000 bond was posted. He is scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. Aug. 18 in front of Jefferson County Div. 14 Associate Circuit Judge Tim Miller.