Dustin R. Bequette, 29, of House Springs has been charged with six felonies, two days after he allegedly tried to steal a man’s pickup at gunpoint. The incident happened Monday morning (Sept. 14) in the 4400 block of Nicholas Lane in House Springs, court documents show.
Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Bequette late Tuesday night (Sept. 15) in Barnhart after identifying a vehicle he was traveling in. Detectives stopped the vehicle on Catlin Drive near Hwy. M, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Grant Bissell said.
Bequette, who was a passenger in the car, allegedly attempted to run from the detectives. However, after a short foot chase, he was arrested without further incident, Bissell said.
Information about the driver and the vehicle was not available today, Bissell said.
Detectives began searching for Bequette after he showed up at the home on Nicholas Lane and allegedly pointed a gun at a man and demanded his keys to a 1997 Dodge pickup. The alleged victim, who had his keys with him, said he told Bequette the keys were in the home, and the two went inside, the probable cause statement in the case said.
Bequette reportedly put the gun in his waistband when the two men entered the home, and the victim feigned searching for the keys. The victim said he told Bequette that his brother must have the keys, and then Bequette called someone whom the victim said sounded like a woman he recently had bought the pickup from, the report said.
The woman reportedly told Bequette, “Forget about him and get the keys,” according to the probable-cause statement.
Bequette then reportedly led the victim out of the home, and when Bequette turned his back to the victim, he allegedly ran to a neighbor’s house and called 911, the report said.
By the time deputies arrived, Bequette was gone. The victim said he didn’t know how Bequette got to his home and had not seen any unfamiliar vehicles in the area, according to the report.
The Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s charged Bequette Wednesday (Sept. 16) with one count of first-degree attempted robbery and one count of first-degree burglary, each a class B felony that carries a penalty of five to 15 years in prison; as well as a count of second-degree kidnapping, a class D felony punishable by up to seven years in prison; and three counts of armed criminal action, each an unclassified felony punishable by at least three years in prison, according to court records.
Bequette was being held today (Sept. 17) without bond in the Jefferson County Jail.
The Sheriff’s Office said Bequette had threatened to shoot deputies in the past.
In addition, court records show Bequette previously pleaded guilty to at least 10 felony charges and two misdemeanor charges.
In December 2010, Bequette pleaded guilty to a felony drug charge, a misdemeanor charge for possession of marijuana and a misdemeanor charge for unlawful use of drug paraphernalia tied to a June 2009 incident in Jefferson County. He was sentenced to two years in prison, but the sentence was suspended after he completed a treatment program and he was placed on five years’ probation. However, he violated the terms of his probation in September 2012, and he spent 120 days on Jefferson County Jail, according to court documents.
In August 2017, Bequette pleaded guilty to seven felony drug charges, two felony tampering charges and a misdemeanor charge for unlawful use of drug paraphernalia stemming from incidents in May 2015 and September 2016 in Jefferson County. Bequette was sentenced to seven years, but after completing a 24-month treatment program, he was placed on five years’ probation, court documents said.