Matthew Carver, 27, and Brandon VanDoren, 26, both of St. Louis, were charged May 22 with multiple felonies and a misdemeanor for their alleged involvement in the theft of a car from a Cedar Hill gas station, which led to a man being hit by the stolen car, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported.
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 report said.
The owner of the Saturn, a 30-year-old House Springs man, reportedly left the car unlocked with the keys inside when he went into the convenience store. When the House Springs man 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 to Mercy Hospital South by Big River Ambulance, the patrol reported. However, the hospital had no information about his condition, a Mercy spokesman said.
At about 8:40 p.m., a Sheriff’s Office deputy saw the Dodge and Saturn traveling east on Hwy. 30 towards 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 and notified the Sheriff’s Office. A detective found the Saturn parked outside a business in the area, and then arrested VanDoren, Bissell said.
Carver has been charged 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.
VanDoren has been charged 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, court records show.
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.
Both Carver and VanDoren were being held today (May 26) in the Jefferson County Jail without bond, the Sheriff’s Office reported.