Showing posts with label crime. Show all posts
Showing posts with label crime. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Saved by the Belt Buckle

Remember that robbery and shooting that took place on February 21 here in Soulard? iLoveSoulard talked to the 27-year old victim. Here's his story. Note: The victim's name has been changed to protect his identity.

Friday night February 21 wasn't much different for Ken than many other weekend nights. He was between jobs and staying with a friend in Soulard while he planned the next chapter of his life. Ken and some friends were sitting around at the house planning their strategy for the evening. At one point Ken remarked about how while Soulard was pretty safe relative to some other neighorhoods in St. Louis, it wasn't all that safe. People nodded their agreement and the conversation went on.

The friends headed out to a couple of different establishments in the neighborhood.

Fast forward to about 1am on Saturday morning. The group of friends had dwindled and people slowly started to call it a night and head home. Ken is left with a small group of friends. The friends decided to call it a night. There is discussion about Ken taking a cab back to his buddy's place. He figures it's only a couple of blocks and the weather isn't bad compared to what St. Louis had been experiencing this winter. He sets off from the establishment on Broadway back into the south end of Soulard.

He's a couple of blocks from his destination as it passes 1:30 am and closes in on 2. Ken hears a man's voice behind him at the same time he feels something poking into his back. “Give me your money” he says. Ken spins around to see an African-American male in his twenties of thirties pointing a gun at his face. “I don't have any money” Ken says. He puts up his hands and takes out his phone to show the worthless SOB in front of him what he does have.

Ken attempts to swipe SOB's gun away and hit him. The pair struggle. The man retains control of the gun and demands money again. “ I don't have any fucking money, Man” Ken replies.

Ken again tries to knock the gun away. He doesn't believe for a second that this man doesn't intend to fire his weapon. The pair struggles and then a shot rings out. Ken is on the ground bleeding. His phone is on the street inches away from him. He doesn't know the extent of the wound. He feels what may be blood on his stomach. He's in shock.

A car pulls up. A mid-2000s Hyundai Elantra it might be. Ken knows his cars. He knows it won't matter much since the vehicle will most likely turn up stolen.The African-American male picks up Ken's phone and hops into the car as it speeds off. Ken is left laying in the street. Luckily, a small group comes walking by see him shortly thereafter. 9-1-1 is called.

Ken gives his statement to police and EMTs attend to Ken. He doesn't have health insurance. That's just one of the things going through Ken's mind. He has an interview scheduled for next week. As 2013 faded, Ken told his friends that this was going to be his year. He was going to get on with the Carpenter's Union and start making strides in life.

By Monday, the initial shock of how close Ken came to dying in the middle of that street is starting to fade. It's faded into a discomfort and uneasiness. He decides he can't stay living where he is. He moves out of the neighborhood and into a spare room in the home of a friend's parents. They've always been there for him. He feels safe there.

Ken had his interview and he thinks it went well. He is working on getting a decent cell phone. Luckily, reliable transportation is the more important requirement for the job and he has that. He figures he'll worry about the medical bills when he starts getting a paycheck.

2014 is going to be Ken's year. The bullet from the gun hit his belt buckle. A few inches either way and Ken may not have made that job interview. The two SOBs who targeted Ken didn't plan on that. They didn't care if he bled out on the street or not. They were willing to let him die just so they could have his phone. They won't get much for it. Even if Ken had been carrying a little bit of cash, it wouldn't have been that much. These hoodlums didn't care how their actions would affect anyone but themselves. They don't deserve to walk our streets. Ken deserves to be here. That's why he wore that belt buckle that night.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Armed Robbery on 9th

Last night about 11:30pm, a male and female were robbed on 9th street just south of the intersection with Soulard. The female victim posted about the incident on Nextdoor early this morning

Was mugged tonight by 9th Street Abbey around 11:30 p.m.. One black male walked out of the alley as a car going North on 9th Street pulled up. The individual pulled a gun and took our belongings. The car was a black or dark green sedan with tinted windows. They headed east on Soulard street. 
This is a reminder to stay alert when walking at night. There was a group of patrons outside Llewellyn's down the street when this all occurred but that didn't stop the criminals from acting.
In talking with the victim, I was able to find out a few more details. The victims did not see the car following them until the POS criminal came out of the alley and confronted them with a weapon. After handing over his wallet, the male victim was hit in the face with the butt of the gun, breaking his nose. This all happened less than a full block away from Llywelyn's where people were gathered out front.

The female victim wanted to urge people to take extra precautions this time of year. She assumed she was taking those by not traveling alone, heading home at a respectable hour and walking through a well-lit area. This is a reminder that crime in the city is just random enough that you should always be cautious of your surroundings. She also urges people to carry things like phones, keys, cards in separate pockets of your coat or something if you can. She said she usually follows that guideline, but happened to not this time and handed her purse over containing all of those things.

To my knowledge, this is the first armed robbery recently on the northern end of Soulard. There have been a couple within the last few months in the 11th/Russell/Ann area.

A few safety tips to follow:

Leave lights on: Criminals are cowards. While this crime happened in a generally well-lit area, it is still sound advice to leave your porch light on.

Be aware of your surroundings: Know what an who is around you. Don't be buried in your phone not paying attention. If something were to happen, you want to be able to give police as much information as possible so they can track down the criminals and hopefully lock them up for a long time.

See something suspicious? Call 9-1-1: Officer Miller and Captain Deeba will tell you that 9-1-1 exists for citizens. It's better to call in something suspicious. Let the police come and check it out. Better safe than sorry. If you've lived in Soulard for any length of time, you probably have a sense of who belongs and who doesn't.

Have any more to add? Feel free

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Jeep Stolen Overnight

Apparently the 79th District isn't the only place where hoodlums were stealing vehicles recently.  The Jeep pictured was stolen from the 11th and Allen area sometime between 7pm last night and 7am this morning.  The Jeep has Florida temp tag ASX7462. Yep, that's right, it was recent purchase. Way to kick a guy when he's down hoodlums. He probably still owes sales tax.

Here's the actual description of the vehicle:

2001 jeep Cherokee limited 'square body' Silver exterior w/blk leather interior

If found, please call the police or email me at Ryan(at)iLoveSoulard.com and I will contact the actual owner. That's the actual owner of this classic car, not the temporary one who has no right to the vehicle.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

An Elaborate Theft On The Island

Not the actual house. Photo courtesy Google Street
Two Soulard residents were victims of a well-orchestrated heist over the weekend.

Think Leverage but completely reversed. A team of scumbags stole from two great Islanders who are building a new home in the neighborhood. This wasn't your average theft by any means.

It all happened on Lami where it dead ends into Highway 55.

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The new home is under construction, but most appliances appear to have been put in. The thieves appear to have been after those. They shut off the breakers and gas for each appliance and put carpet squares down on the floors to keep from scratching anything.  They even removed a stove top from an island that took 3 people to put in.

An alarm system had been installed but happened to have not been activated when the last construction worker left on Friday.

Here's an excerpt from the email I got about the heist:

Some time after 2 pm Saturday afternoon and 9 am Sunday monring, our new home that is under construction was broken into. They pulled a truck on the side of the house that is next to I-55 and broke in one of the french doors on the back. They made very few marks coming in so they were professionals. They also knew exactly what they wanted, our appliances. They took every appliance that was hooked up and running in the kitchen, they shut off the correct breaker for each appliance and each gas line, putting down carpet pieces that we had in a spare bedroom so they did not scratch the floor. It took 3 people to install our stove top in the island so there had to be multiple people in there. They also took the tankless hot water heater off the wall in the basement. This was not done by copper thieves, because there where copper pipes just laying on the floor of the basement that were not touched. The police believe it may have been an inside job from one of the contractors that have been working in there in the past. Luckily for us, we have serial numbers for everything they took. They did also rummage thru the drawers in the kitchen to also take the manuals for all the appliances. Misc tools and cords were also taken. Not so lucky for us, is the alarm was not set by the last contractor that left Friday evening, so the alarm did not go off.

 If you happen to have any information about this incident, you can email me and I will forward it on.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Is Social House The Bad Guy?

Social House held a forum last night for Soulard residents to address "recent crime in the area." I assume this stance was the idea or their lawyer. If Social House wants to succeed in Soulard, I would suggest they tell him his ideas are stupid more often. For the most part, the "forum" was a huge waste of time. However, I was lucky enough to get to stay around and talk with some residents and members of the ownership team at Social House. By "lucky enough" I mean there were still t-ravs, delicious crackers and Bud Selects to be had.

I'm not a reporter so, I won't try to chronicle the forum like I am.  Here are some quick hits:

  • April Trupiano seemed to be interrogating people as they walked in, asking "Are you a resident?" I think she may have meant well by not wanting it to turn into a media circus, but it didn't sit well with some.
  • A friend of the shooting victim gave his account of the night.  Here's what I remember:
    • The victim walked out of Social House with two friends. The friends, brothers. were bickering about whether or not to go to the East Side. A random female who had "lost her ride" approached the victim and ended up sitting in his truck when he agreed to get her home. After she was in the truck, two black men approached the victim and words were exchanged. It was then that the two men fired shots and walked off as the brothers ran to help their friend.
    • The two off-duty cops were inside the bar clearing the bar. They heard that there was a shooting and they went to the victim.  A bouncer at Social House, who served in the Army as a Medic, went to the victim to do what he could.
  • The GM of the bar, Rob Olsen, gave out his email address and cell phone number for residents to call, anytime. In my opinion, Rob and Tony Trupiano should have been allowed to handle the forum themselves.  Both were well spoken and likable.
  • According to the GM, about 40 people were in the bar around close, including two professional football players.
  • One of the best quotes of the night came from a minority owner in the bar. Someone asked why Social House doesn't just close at 1am.  His response?  The city would lose tax money.  Seriously.  I'd like to thing he just misspoke, but who knows.
  • The slant of the meeting appeared to be that "crime is everywhere in the area and that's why we are having this forum."
  • According to Social House, most of the people in the bar after 1am have been drinking at other establishments and those that are too intoxicated are turned away.
  • Social House spends $13,000/ month on added security.
  • Social House has recently hired a valet company owned by a cop on busy nights.
  • Social House says they have gone to the city several times asking for help in securing the city lot between them at Market Lofts
  • Social House has reached out to Franco and Market Lofts to work on security in the area. 
  • More cameras are being installed inside Social House and on the perimeter.
After the forum, I talked with Tony Trupiano for awhile with a group of residents.  Great guy.  Here are some hits from that:

  • I wondered why the secondary officers were brought inside around closing time.  He brought up an interesting point: There is an issue with what the liability is for the officers and the bar if they were to respond to something in the area while they were being paid by Social House. 
  • Plans are in the works to redo the bathroom area and put in some more televisions to make the place more inviting for lunch and happy hour.
  • They try to be respectful with their "Bodypaint days".  The woman who does the painting has worked for Maxim in the past.
  • A lot of family members are involved in the bar and frequent it, including the younger generation of the family.
  • Tony is listening to what music is being played and will stop a DJ or the jukebox from pushing things too far.
  • The dress code for most nights prohibits hooded sweatshirts and sweatpants among other things.
  • Tony is very interested in becoming more involved in Soulard and improving their social media and marketing.  He wants to move towards promoting their happy hour and lunches more rather than pushing the "Biggest Party In St. Louis" stuff.
Here are a couple of ideas I shared with the owners and staff:

  • Secondary Officers need to be outside around close keeping an eye on patrons leaving.
  • Work on becoming a better neighbor to Soulard.
Later on in the night, I got the chance to talk to someone who lives in the Market Lofts and remembers the night well.  Here's some of what they had to say:

  • Woke up to the sound of a verbal argument on the street.  Looked out to see a Orange Dodge Charger parked in the street on the intersection of Carroll and 8th with a door open.   ***Update: The witness actually did not see who fired the gun shots.  They saw a crowd disperse after gun shots and then someone speed off in the Charger and one man run off.  I apologize for the error.
  • The witness ran downstairs with towels and helped the Social House Bouncer attend to the victim.
  • The witness also said the every week there seems to be enough of an issue to wake them up around closing time.  Last week, they saw someone fire a gun towards a group of people standing near Social House
That account seems to call into question the information that Social House has.  I will update that account with more information, either from a police report or further information from the witness.

I don't intend to make this post an attack on Social House.  I also don't intend for it to be something saying Social House doesn't need to be blamed.  Although I have been working out, I will not be getting body painted anytime soon, nor am I on the payroll.

The General Manager, Rob, will be in attendance at the SRG meeting this Wednesday. Please take the time to think things through before attending the meeting.  Please read my previous post on the Neighborhood Forum and think about the questions I posed. How much responsibility does Social House deserve for the crime?  Will closing Social House solve things?  Is it possible for Social House to cater to a different clientele and will that fix things?

If you have input on this, please comment, especially any insight on the issue with the secondary officers.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Social House Neighborhood Forum

Here's the text of an email that went out to Soulard residents via the Blaster

MONDAY, JANUARY 30th - 5:30 p.m. - Soulard Social House would like to host a neighborhood forum, Q&A,  to discuss the recent incident, past incidents and the steps they are taking to avoid future incidents. All Soulard residents are invited.

Please come out if you a concerned Soulard resident.  Come prepared with ideas more than "Social House sucks and needs to go."  Many of you feel that way and it's great you care about the neighborhood, but put something more behind it so your voice carries more weight.

Here are some things to think about when forming your opinion:

  • Is Social House doing something to cause the crime?
  • Is Social House marketing to a crowd that is bound to commit crimes?
  • How can Social House prevent these crimes?
  • What is Social House doing that the other bars in Soulard who aren't seeing these crimes aren't?
  • Did the Lure crowd migrate to Social House?
  • If Social House closes, will the crime go elsewhere in Soulard?
  • How can Social House be a better neighbor?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Man Shot To Death Early This Morning

Here's the KSDK article.

Sounds all too familiar. I'll update with more when I find out. **Update** Reports say the dead man is James Clavin

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Hide Behind the Boobie Pops

Credit: Stlouist.com
Just in case you were wondering where the best place to hide in Globe Drugs when two men pull out guns is, I found out that answer today.  Behind the boobie pops counter there is an excellent area to lay down and pray that you suddenly became invisible.

While this is of course some valuable information, you may find yourself wondering how I figured out the answer to this conundrum. Let me tell you the story.

The day started out like any other Saturday.  I was nursing a hangover brought on by too much karaoke at Carson's.  I still had some Christmas shopping to do so, I decided that mystery boxes from Globe Drugs needed to be purchased.  I made the trek across Broadway to Kosciusko and found the store to be really crowded in comparison to what it is normally.

I walked around gathering things I decided I needed.  I had three mystery boxes, a pack of gift boxes and some pumpkin muffins piled up in my arms when a kind employee offered to get me a cart.  Not only do some of the employees know my face, I also am "that guy" who needs a cart at Globe.  Great.

I waited in a line that was easily twice as long as I have ever seen at Globe.  Eventually, I was next in line.  I pulled out my debit card in anticipation of getting on with the rest of my travels for the day.

I noticed a stocky black gentleman standing to my left a few feet from the corner of the cash register.  He looked rather thugish and had a black ski mask sort of thing covering the lower part of his face.  I thought to myself that that was a little odd, but not a totally weird thing to see over in that neck of the woods.  I looked him up and down a couple of times and he glanced my way. I found myself thinking how I would react if he in fact did pull a gun or something of that nature.  I definitely read too many books by Lee Child, Brad Thor and the like because I immediately thought I should be a hero and punch the guy in the face to save the day.  I saw his hand in his right pocket and it didn't look he had a gun or anything. I figured I was just being paranoid and turned my attention to the random goodies on the counter while the two people in front of me finished their $38 transaction.  Who in their right mind would hold up a store that sells 89 cent 2X4 cans of beer and 39 cent outdated bags of Doritos anyway?  Yeah, maybe I should have been thinking about what kind of person WOULD try that nonsense.

A taller, leaner black dude whipped out a long gun and stepped to the counter. He put the gun right in the cashier's face while stocky dude magically produced a revolver. The cashier gave him a look of "you've got  to be kidding me".

The two men mumbled something about it being a real holdup and I stepped back in shock and disbelief.  The stocky gentleman moved right in front of me and I looked at my debit card still in my hand thinking that was pretty much all I had to offer. He turned away from me and they moved towards the second register, guns at the ready.  I looked towards the front doors and back to my full cart.  I thought about making a run for it.  A wise  man once told me that most ghetto thugs are really lousy shots and Tweedledee and Tweedledum looked like their shooting skills were about as worthless as their lives are pathetic.  I mean, really, they are robbing Globe Drugs?  Do the world a favor and just shoot each other.

My other train of thought was that I had just spent a good amount of time loading up my cart and I really didn't want to have to come back later to checkout since I was already behind schedule anyways.

I waited until they were busy sticking the gun in the other cashier's face and looked for somewhere to hide.  I figured the chocolate counter looked good and sturdy. I ducked around behind it and laid flat on my back on the ground. My first thought was to text a friend what was going on and have her call 911.  My second thought was to Tweet my situation and let Jack's magic invention do its thing to save the day.

Then came a gunshot.  Thoughts of doing anything except laying flat and hoping they didn't come close to my hiding spot were immediately set aside.  The Denver Broncos game hadn't started yet so I figured I had a good shot at divine intervention since he wasn't needed there until the 4th quarter.

There was immediate silence in the store.  A decent amount of time went by until I heard anything. That may have been because my ear was ringing from the shot.

Finally, someone somewhere in the store asked if they were gone yet.  Other voices confirmed they were.  I slowly got up.  I asked first if anyone got hit and was happy to find out no one was hurt.  A father was calling out his adult son who I had passed earlier in the store.  Someone said they were on hold with 911.

I tweeted that the store had just gotten robbed.

I waked outside when the first cops pulled up.  Thankfully, the father had been reunited with his son.  I walked back into the store to wait until I could talk to the police.

A store manager was talking to the cashier who faced the gun first.  She said she was a little shook up, but could go right back to work.  Man, those employees in Globe are awesome.

She started ringing my purchase up while we waited on the Police.  Oddly enough, the people with the $38 transaction were no where to be found.  In fact, almost everyone who was anywhere around the cash register before was gone.  Later, I realized that a good portion of the clientele at Globe probably doesn't like dealing with St. Louis' finest.

The Lead Officer asked everyone who didn't see what happened to leave the store and then locked the store. I understand the cops deal with a lot on a regular basis, but this guy really could have used a good day long seminar on dealing with people who had just come face-to-face with a gun.

Myself and the Cashier gave the best description we could of the thugs.  I realized that I really should have paid more attention to the details when I was stereotyping the stocky thug in the first place.  Officer Reed asked me what kind of gun the longer one was.  The best answer I could come up with was "he sure as hell wasn't huntin' deer with that thing."

Officer Reed took my information down and said he'd call with any follow-up questions.  I hope he also contacts me when he finds the sorry-excuses-for-humans that those two are.  I would like to put a bullet in their kneecaps myself for tainting my Globe Drug experience.

While this was going on, I got a call from my Dad.  I found out later that my Brother-in-Law called him after seeing my Tweet.

In retrospect, I realized a few things.  I'm glad this happened to me on Christmas Eve.  I've been in Globe quite a few times with female friends of mine and I'm more than happy to volunteer myself to go through that then have them be a victim. Also, if I have to go through it again, I am definitely grabbing a box of Little Debbie snacks, a Vess soda (probably peach), and maybe a boobie pop.  Ya know, just in case it turns into a hostage situation.

Good news is the mystery boxes were a hit at family Christmas.  Whoever runs the @GlobeDrugsStl account saw my tweet and reached out to make sure I was okay, apologize for the experience and make sure I had done what I could to help the Police catch the thugs.  I'm sure I will find the need to visit sometime next week.  I have a sudden urge for chocolate shaped like an alligator and a peach soda.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Man Caught In Social House Murder

Emmanuel Sanchez, 27, was caught yesterday in connection with the death of Gary Patch early yesterday morning outside Social House on the outskirts of Soulard.

This is according to the Riverfront Times and also the St. Louis Post Dispatch

Almost every article about the event mentions that the patrons involved left Social House and moved across the street.  Interesting then that Social House goes out of its way to mention Jimmy John's on its Facebook page when sending their well-wishes to the families affected (not effected, Social House).

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Man Dies Outside Social House

File photo
**Updated after breakfast with more links and better writing**

A man was killed last night outside Social House after being struck by a vehicle.  This story from KSDK paints a picture of what transpired.
"Investigators have not identified the man killed, but say he was outside the Social House at Seventh and Lafayette just after 2:30 this morning when an argument and fight ensued.
Participants in the dispute eventually came to an agreement when a vehicle entered the parking lot and struck the victim."
A woman who was apparently at Social House and saw the incident posted on Facebook that about 100 people were fighting and the man killed appeared to not be involved.

The video from KSDK implies that the incident happened after the fight moved across Broadway to the parking lot across from Social House.  It says that a hundred or so people were watching the incident unfold. The video also shows the tan minivan that hit the man.

This story from the Post-Dispatch says it was a 40-year old man who died.  The driver of the van has not been found

The video from Fox 2 gives a better shot of where the incident happened.

Social House threw what they referred to on Twitter as "the biggest pre Mardi Gras party in the city" last night.  The event was 18 and up to get in.  Here's a link to their Twitter feed. Here's a link to the promotional image for the event (potentially NSFW).

RIP to the man who died and please pray for his family and friends.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Brew in the Lou, Neighborhood Watch Class, Fox Park Block Party--All Tonight

Three great events happening in or around Soulard tonight. Take your pick of one or hit up more than one.

  • Brew in the Lou-- Evan Benn, the highly-acclaimed Beer Guy at the Post-Dispatch and writer of the Hip Hops feature on Stltoday, wrote a book about beer in St. Louis. Being that he is one of the Top 10 "Tweeps" in St. Louis, it's only fitting that they are having a "Tweetup" to celebrate. It goes from 6p-10p at iTap.  $1 beers off all Missouri Drafts are available as part of the event.  Also, it's Wednesday, so, 8p-10p, iTap has their Kill The Keg promotion. The U.S. Soccer Gold Cup Semifinal game will also be showing at 6pm.
  • Neighborhood Watch Class--The Island is ramping up their Neigborhood Watch activities and here's your chance to be a part of it.  6:30-8:30 p at Lift for Life Academy.  It's the old bank turned into a school on the other side of Broadway if you don't know where it is.  Here's an article on the event from Your Local Messenger
  • Fox Park Block Party--This event may not be on the Island, but it is really close and looks like a fun event.  Also, it's sponsored in part by a local church, August Gate. Event goes 5-7:30p tonight at Fox Park.  Food, drinks, shaved ice, prizes are advertised.  Bring a lawn chair because St. Louis rapper, Thi'sl will be performing. Located at the corner of Victor and California. 

Monday, June 13, 2011

SeenInSoulard #46 More Car Break-ins

There were at least three more car break-ins last night in Soulard.  These two cars, and a third on the other side were broken into last night in the alley between 8th and 9th behind Carson's.  The third car (not pictured) belonged to someone who just left the doors unlocked and nothing really in the car, but she could tell the car had been rummaged through.  The owner of one of these cars saw the hoodlums who did it and scared them off.  The culprits were apparently 2 or 3 teenagers around the 13-14 age range.  Not much, if anything, was taken from these cars, it just ruined the owners' day.  The teens were kind enough to leave the rock they used in one of the cars.  The incident happened around 11:30p last night and one owner said he heard the teens around again about 2 am.  He called the police both times.  If you see something or someone suspicious around the Island, don't be afraid to call 9-1-1, that's what it's there for.  I am pretty sure I saw the teens walking down 8th and I thought about calling, but I didn't. Shame on me.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Quick Tips to Keep You Safe

While having a delicious $2.22 breakfast this morning at Hammerstone's, my friend brought up something we had heard from a Police Officer at the last SRG meeting.

If you didn't know, there were some armed robberies on the Island a month or so ago.  Here are a few things that came out of the discussion with the Officer:

  • The Officer said he can't remember a crime in Soulard, such as an assault, that was perpetrated by a Soulard resident.  So, this tells us that we need to look after our neighbors, but not necessarily look out for our neighbors.  He said most of the criminals that stop off in Soulard are coming from North of the city.
  • If you see something that doesn't look right on the Island or someone that doesn't belong, call the Police.  They are here to help us.  Soulard falls in the 3rd District.  You can either call 9-1-1 or 314-444-0100.
  • Tracking down the suspects in robberies can get very complicated when they involve victims that have had a little too much to drink.  Those victims have trouble with the details of the perp a lot of the time.
  • The more people on a street who leave their front porch lights on, the safer that street will be. Leaving your light on each night costs about $1.75 extra each month, according to this www.shawstlouis.org/media/newsletters/Safety_Tips.pdf

Monday, August 23, 2010

Well.....obviously we have some hooligans in Soulard

****FYI, say the title of this post out loud like Antoine Dodson*****

Here's a copy of an email I got today. Be careful, and be on the lookout for things that don't look right. Together, we can all help protect the Island:

""There were two armed robberies in Soulard last week. On August 16 in the 2700 block of South 12th Street. On August 17 in the 1900 block of Menard. Weapons were used in both of these and each happened between 10 and 11 at night. More detail is not available at this time.

Please read the following information on how to not become a victim.

Armed Robbery: Don't Become a Victim
Weapons were used in 52% of all robberies from 1975 to 1985. The highest peak in armed robberies was 1978 (60%) and 1981 (60%). From 1985 to 1990 the number of armed robberies dropped to around 42%. Most occur in the months of November through March with the high risk times for stores being between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. For banks and credit unions the high risk day was Wednesday and the most critical time for robbery was from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. (20%).
Here Are Some Tips On How To Protect Yourself At Home:
1. Never admit a stranger
2. Lock up tight. Always lock all doors and windows
3. Listen for strange noises
4. Don’t advertise that you live alone
5. Never give an unknown caller information. Report nuisance calls to police and telephone company
6. When you move to a new home, change the locks
7. Chain locks aren’t strong enough to keep out an intruder. Keep door locked until you know who is there
8. Always pull shades after dark
9. Don’t leave notes on door about when you’ll be home
Precautions to Take On the Road
1. While driving, watch out at intersections and stop lights. Keep car in gear, doors locked, and windows rolled up.
2. Park in areas that will be well lit when you return. When you return, look to be sure no one is hiding in a car nearby, beneath your car, or in your car.
3. If you have a stalled car, raise hood and tie a white cloth to aerial. Stay inside the car with doors locked and windows rolled up. If you have a cellular phone, call for help. Ask someone who stops to report it to the nearest service station.
4. If you are being followed, don’t drive home or get out. Drive to the nearest police station or open store or service station for help. Note the license number and car description and report to the police at once.
If You Are Held Up At Work:
1. Try to stay calm. Don’t make any sudden movements to upset the robber. Remember, the robber is usually as scared as you are.
2. Be sure to follow the robbers' directions. Don’t try to escape or set off an alarm in front of the robber.
3. Tell robber what you are doing, for example, getting a money bag.
4. Try to get a good look at the robber so that you can give a full description to the police.
5. Don’t be heroic. Don’t take any foolish chances. The robber may become violent. It’s better to lose your money than your life.
If you are held up on the street:
1. Remain calm. There is no need to bring undue attention to the situation. To do so could cause panic and endanger lives.
2. Cooperate with the robber. Robbers seldom hurt people who are willing to cooperate.
3. Observe what the robber looks like and develop a mental picture so that an accurate description can be given to the police.
4. Tell the robber about any possible surprises such as someone who is in your car. Also, inform him/her if you must move in an unanticipated way.
5. Don't argue or fight with the robber. Any amount of money is not worth personal injury.
6. Don't try to persuade the robber to give himself/herself up. Once a robbery has started, it is too late for a robber to change his/her mind.
7. Don't chase or follow the robber. Police could mistake you for the robber.
What to do after a Robbery:
1. Call the Police immediately at 911.
2. Ask witnesses to stay until an officer arrives. If unable to do so, write down their names, addresses, and phone numbers.
3. Write down a description of the robber including sex, race, height, weight, build, eye and hair color, scars or tattoos, jewelry, approximate age, and clothing. If possible, note in which direction the suspect fled.

What to Say to the Police Dispatcher:
1. "I have just been held up. My location is ..."
2. Do not hang up the phone. There will be a short pause while the dispatcher transmits the alarm, then you will be asked for details.
3. "Direction of travel of the robber is ..."
4. Tell the dispatcher how he left, which direction he went, down what street. If you can, provide a vehicle description. It's also useful to indicate the time-delay involved, that is, how long ago did he leave.
5. "Description of the robber is ..."
6. Getting a good description of the robber is very important. Try to notice his height compared to yours, his hairline, ears, scars, rings, tattoos, or some other item which you could remember if a suspect were brought before you shortly after the robbery. Information such as length and color of hair, whether or not he wore glasses, had facial hair, how he spoke, and similar is all useful.
7. "Description of the weapon is ..."
8. Try to notice the barrel length, color, color of grips, and type of weapon if a gun is produced.
9. Stay on the phone. Listen to the dispatcher's questions, and follow her instructions.

Sources: Southeast Missouri State University, Department of Public Safety, University of Florida Police Department, Downey Police Department