Two St. Louis men who allegedly attempted to flee from police Thursday morning (Dec. 5) in Arnold have been charged tampering with a motor vehicle and resisting arrest, court documents show.
Kamon Lawrence, 18, of the 9000 block of Patrick, and Davion Dixon, 17, of the 5700 block of Janet Avenue were each charged Thursday evening with first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, a class D felony, and resisting arrest for a felony, a class E felony, court records said.
Lawrence’s felony charges stem from Thursday’s incident. Dixon’s charges stem from an Aug. 16 incident in Imperial, when he allegedly was involved in a stolen vehicle case that ended in a crash near Seckman Road and the I-55 Outer Road, the Sheriff’s Office said.
As of this afternoon (Dec. 6), they were being held in the Jefferson County Jail on $50,000 cash-only bonds, according to jail records.
The two men and a 16-year-old juvenile, who also is from St. Louis, were arrested Thursday shortly after a police chase ended near Astra Way and Hwy. 141, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported.
The Sheriff’s Office said it could not provide an update on the 16-year-old because his case has been turned over to juvenile authorities.
At 2:45 a.m., after Arnold Police got reports about people stealing from vehicles in subdivisions off Lonedell Road, officers encountered a 2014 Ford Focus near the intersection of Robinhood Drive and Lonedell Road. The Focus matched the description of a car that was reported stolen from Northwoods in north St. Louis County. The car also reportedly had been spotted at about 1:30 a.m. on Meramec Bottom Road in south St. Louis County and was suspected to be involved in thefts from vehicles there, Sheriff’s Office Capt. Gary Higginbotham said.
Arnold Police attempted to stop the car, but the driver reportedly fled and the pursuit began, with assistance from the Sheriff’s Office. Eventually, the Focus ran into a Sheriff’s Office patrol car at Astra Way and Hwy. 141, and four suspects tried to run away, the report said.
Sheriff’s Office public information coordinator Grant Bissell said the patrol car sustained moderate damage and had to be towed. He said an estimated cost to repair the damage was not available as of this morning.
At 2:47 a.m., the two men and the juvenile were apprehended in the 1700 block of Astra Way. A fourth suspect – the man authorities believe is armed – escaped, and authorities continued to search the area, Higginbotham said.
The Sheriff’s Office reported that a bloodhound had picked up what authorities believe was the fourth suspect’s scent, but then the track the police dog was following ended at a nearby road. Authorities believe the suspect was picked up by an associate and left the area, according to the report.
When the Focus was searched, authorities allegedly found a 9mm handgun magazine but no weapon. The suspect who eluded police could have the gun, the Sheriff’s Office reported.
Bissell said the method the four people used to allegedly steal or try to steal from unlocked vehicles is similar to other recent thefts and attempted thefts in Jefferson County. However, he said it was too early to connect any of the suspects from this morning's chase to those previous incidents.
Higginbotham said no one was injured during the pursuit or when the Focus hit the Sheriff’s Office car.
The Sheriff’s Office reported that property that is believed to have been stolen was found in the Focus. Anyone who believes they were a victim of the thefts from vehicles should call the Detective Bureau at 636-797-5515.