VanDoren, Carver

Two men with previous felony charges have been indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with a carjacking that nearly killed a 30-year-old House Springs man outside a Cedar Hill gas station, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

Brandon VanDoren, 23, of Mehlville and Matthew Carver, 27, of St. Louis were charged Thursday (Sept. 10), the U.S. Attorney’s Office reported.

VanDoren was charged with carjacking causing serious bodily injury and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He faces up to 25 years in prison for the carjacking charge and up to 10 years for the weapon charge, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Carver was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and faces a sentence up to 10 years in prison, the report said.

At about 8:30 p.m. May 20, Carver and VanDoren arrived at the Moto Mart gas station, 8489 Local Hillsboro Road, in Cedar Hill in a 2013 Dodge Dart, and VanDoren allegedly got out of the Dart and stole a 2007 Saturn Aura parked outside the gas station, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported.

The House Springs man owned the Saturn and reportedly left the car unlocked with the keys inside when he went into the convenience store. When the victim saw his car was being stolen, he ran after it and was hit by the Saturn as it turned right onto Hwy. 30, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported.

The House Springs man was transported by Big River Ambulance to Mercy Hospital South in south St. Louis County and survived his injuries, the U.S. Attorney’s Office reported.

At about 8:40 p.m., a Sheriff’s Office deputy saw the Dodge and Saturn traveling east on Hwy. 30 toward House Springs. The cars turned onto Hwy. MM, which turns into Hwy. M, and eventually the drivers of the two cars attempted to get onto the northbound I-55 entrance ramp. The Saturn got onto I-55. However, as the Dodge was making the turn to get onto the interstate, it crashed, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

Carver got out of the Dodge and allegedly attempted to run away. After a struggle with deputies, one of them used a stun gun to subdue Carver, and he was taken into custody, the report said.

During the investigation, deputies learned the Dodge had been reported stolen from Creve Coeur, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Grant Bissell said.

On May 21, a St. Louis County Police officer spotted the Saturn in south St. Louis County in a hotel parking lot and notified the Sheriff’s Office, Bissell said.

Law enforcement officers found VanDoren in a hotel room and arrested him. The officers also allegedly found a gun and narcotics in the room, the U.S. Attorney’s Office reported.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office also reported that Facebook Live videos posted on May 20, before the alleged carjacking, allegedly showed VanDoren and Carver holding the gun found in the hotel room.

In addition to the federal charges, the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has charged Carver with first-degree accessory to robbery, a class A felony; resisting arrest and leaving the scene of an accident, both class E felonies; possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony; and driving while under the influence, a class B misdemeanor, court records show.

The Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has charged VanDoren with first-degree robbery, a class A felony; armed criminal action, an unclassified felony; and leaving the scene of an accident and resisting arrest, both class E felonies, according to court records.

A class A felony is punishable by 10 to 30 years or life in prison; a class D felony carries a penalty of up to seven years in prison; a class E felony is punishable by up to four years in prison; and the unclassified felony carries a penalty of at least three years in prison. The class B misdemeanor is punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

The Missouri State High State Patrol and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.

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