What started as shoplifting at Chesterfield Mall Thursday turned into an attempted strong-arm robbery involving three suspects—with Chesterfield police nabbing one at the Mall, and another two fleeing east on Page Road in an SUV.
A 24-year-old woman and 21-year-old man were suspects in a shoving incident with a store clerk during a shoplifting attempt. The 24-year-old was detained by police, Chesterfield police said.
The 21-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman then apparently fled in a silver Pontiac Montana SUV.
Town and Country police got involved in pursuit of the SUV as it headed north on I-270.
The woman driver dodged police by weaving the silver SUV between lanes and cars on Page Road at the Lindbergh overpass.
But just east of Maryland Heights, in unincorporated St. Louis County, the SUV collided with a turning sedan. Minor injuries were reported for both drivers.
A FOX2 video showed the driver of the fleeing SUV to be a black woman with short-cropped pink hair, 54, and the passenger a black man with short blond hair, 21.
Capt. Gary Hoelzer said the chase began in Frontenac after the alleged robbery in Chesterfield.
Hoelzer said the initial call was for second degree robbery, which involves stealing by force without a deadly weapon. The shoving of clerk would be assault linked to shoplifting, heightening a charge to robbery.
Patch Editor Gabrielle Biondo contributed to this.