Police: Nighttime Jogger Attacked By Group of Teenagers Near Carondelet Park

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A late-night jog in St. Louis yesterday sent a young man to the hospital after a group of five teenagers attacked and robbed him, police say.

Three are in custody -- and two remain at large.

Metro police say that just after midnight, the 23-year-old man and a friend were joggning northbound on Leona Street near Carondelet Park when they observed a suspicious vehicle near them making a U-turn and approaching them. When the driver asked the man for directions, three teenage boys on foot appeared -- and began assaulting him, authorities say.

The incident happened on the 200 block of Leona Street.

In the car, police say, were two females, age seventeen and fifteen. They stopped the man and asked him for directions -- prompting him to approach.

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At the same time, three boys all around age seventeen, came up from behind, attacked him and stole his phone, cops say. Then they entered the car and drove off, northbound on Leona Street.

Soon after, however, officers located the vehicle and were able to arrest the two girls and one of the males, age seventeen.

The two other males, who police believe are around age sixteen, remain at large.

The victim went to the hospital and suffered minor injuries, authorities say.

Police have not yet released any names.

Here's the full incident report.

Incident: Robbery 2nd
Location: 6200 block of Leona
Date/Time: 5/9/13 @ 00:30
Victim: 23-year old white male
Suspect #1: 17-year old white female
Suspect #2: 15-year old white female (Juvenile)
Suspect #3: 17-year old black male
Suspect #4: unknown black male, age 16-18, 5'6, small build
Suspect #5: unknown black male, age 16-18, 5'6, small build
The victim and a friend were jogging northbound on Leona when they observed a tan suspicious vehicle parked near them. They kept jogging then observed the vehicle, containing 2 females, pass them, make a U-turn, then approach them from the rear. Suspect #1, the driver, asked the victim for directions. As the victim approached the vehicle, Suspect #3, Suspect #4 and Suspect #5, who were on foot, approached him from behind and began assaulting the victim and took his cell phone. All 5 suspects then entered the car and fled northbound on Leona. Upon investigation, officers located the vehicle. Suspect #1 and Suspect #3 were arrested. Suspect #2 was arrested and remanded to the custody of Juvenile authorities. Suspect #4 and Suspect #5 remain at large. The victim was conveyed to a local hospital with minor injuries. The investigation is ongoing.

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49 comments
Jerepa
Jerepa

People should be able to go jogging at any time the wish. Those little worthless punks are the ones to blame. If they want money, they can get a damn job!! Stop making excuses for criminals. No one owes anybody anything in life.

Tedd
Tedd

Where are mom and dad? Isn't there a curfew in effect after midnight? If my daughters were involved in similar activities, I'd make life so miserable for them that they'd never consider a repeat performance, believe me! Jail would be easier and a lot more enjoyable.

David Reaves
David Reaves

well those dumbass had it comin to them considering that which i lived across the highway from has a curfew i guess now they need to put up signs for retarded ass late night joggers who jog in a park past curfew

ladydidee
ladydidee

Something very similar almost happen to me in the same area about 10 years ago.  I was walking there at 5:15ish in the morning with one of my German Shepherds when I saw a  white panel van come out from one of the side street there next to the park and stopped then turned right and head down the street very slowly.  I didn't like it so I stopped walking and kind a backed up.  Then the van stopped.  I thought I was a little crazy.  Then the van starting driving again and they turned to go back up Holly Hills away from me.  So I started to walk again, but the van made another turn back toward me slow. So while the van was turning I crossed the street and looked to see which house if any had lights on and I head right for the  house.  Whom ever was in the van saw me heading to the house pulled a u turn and left the area in a hurry.  I then thought maybe I was a little crazy or making more of it then what was there.  But from that day I have never gone out in the early morning or after dark for a walk with out my now husband.  I never went all the way up to the house nor did I report it to police because I have always thought that I must be dreaming it, that would not happen to me especially with my dog be right there.  But now I am thinking that the dog might of made them think twice about it and me walking to the front door changed their mind totally.  I am sorry this happen to these guys and I hope they are doing well, but I am thankful I saw article because I have been kicking around the thought of getting up earlier in the morning and walk again before work But not now for sure.

Kirk Aug
Kirk Aug

Yep. Run all over this crazy town at night. It is a safe as any other time.

Christy Mirth
Christy Mirth

le sigh. This is why I ignore people who approach me suspiciously...makes me feel like a jerk but predators prey on people being nice. Sucks for all of us who want to enjoy the city!

Blake Harris
Blake Harris

When you catch people you need to throw the book at them because they probably got away with it 100 times already..

Matt Irwin
Matt Irwin

yeah. ever since migrant workers from the south moved to STL in the 40's.

James Wright
James Wright

Teenagers? There is your problem, we are entering the age of kids that don't give a shit.

Joe Happy-Pork Chop Wood
Joe Happy-Pork Chop Wood

what is bullshit is that i grew up in north county, went to school on south grand, lived on the northside forever, and i feel comfortable walking any dam where.. downtown and northside gets a bad rap....and if somebody does see me they usually cross the fuckin street--not me... i wish somebody would.. cuz i got a surprise fo they ass

Jake Black
Jake Black

Jogging at midnight in any major city isnt a good idea

Lossy Dreamsequence
Lossy Dreamsequence

I would love to be able to run at night because I always want to but the fact is no matter where you live it's dangerous. People need to wise up. Running around in the nighttime is not safe.

Anthony Gutierrez
Anthony Gutierrez

It cracks me up when people say Hope and Change. Like the President has that much power to change anything. Crime has been a problem no matter who is President or what party is in power. The fact is no one knows what to do about crime anymore. The only thing to do is be as safe as possible and lock up the criminals.

Bill Bernickus
Bill Bernickus

Among chief among the many problems is the lack of space in the city jail (workhouse). Attackers were also likely juveniles who will get away with a hand slap if caught. Sad really.

Jason McRogers
Jason McRogers

time to ban jogging. or teenagers, whatever's easier

Casey Govero
Casey Govero

Especially given the fact that police officers are required to live in the city and that area is one of the most chosen areas for city police to live. I used to live right there and I think I had 4 cops on my block and a few firemen.

Bob Williams
Bob Williams

Go jogging with commando gear; AR-15, knife, full pack. Just consider it basic training.

Edwin Reese
Edwin Reese

Depends on where you run. Just like anything else.

Brian Bradley
Brian Bradley

The answer to that question for most people is "no". If you feel like you can defend yourself if something happens then the decision is yours. Personally, I wouldn't go jogging in the city at midnight, especially in a park. And, yes, Carondelet Park happens to be in the city. And, no, it's not a liberal conspiracy.

Alexandra Dee
Alexandra Dee

I know right!! So tired of people making excuses for the sorry assholes that make poor decisions only to slap them on the back of the hand so they turn around and do the same shit again...SMH

Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd

According to Wash U students this crime could be eliminated by simply extending the city limits to include the county. It didn't make sense to me either.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

liberals always blame someone else for what happened like "why were THEY out jogging" instead of "let's round up the wastes of skin that did this and put them in a cell".

Adam Hahs
Adam Hahs

hell no. I live outside the city, but have had family there my entire life, and I wouldn't come there for ANYTHING anymore. St. Louis is a mess. The Landing, The loop, whatever, you name it. I used to really enjoy the city too.

Kim Hayes
Kim Hayes

I've gone running at 4 am. Not that different than midnight. Gotta do whatever fits into your schedule.

Michael Cook
Michael Cook

You just posted an article demonstrating how it's not safe to run at night, then ask if it's safe to run at night? Did you read your own article? Sheesh.

Karen Hall
Karen Hall

i wouldn't go running in the city during the day.

Jimmie Thomptson
Jimmie Thomptson

wow...that is sad...Summer hasn't even started yet...it's goin be a Summer of crime & evil...be carefull

Alexandra Dee
Alexandra Dee

You should be able to do whatever you want at whatever time you want. No one should have to consider whether they will be victimized or not??? WTF is wrong with people?!

Savage Sun
Savage Sun

As long as you have a concealed carry.

Jay Ejh
Jay Ejh

omg..... carondelet park now? what next, LADUE ????

Justin L Fisher
Justin L Fisher

I don't really consider Crondelet Park "the city". That should be a pretty safe area

ladydidee
ladydidee

@Tedd  the article was about to men out after midnight, and the second story or comment was a women older than 30yrs.

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