A man suspected of an armed robbery at the Brentwood Promenade led a small army of police on an hourlong, two-state chase before being caught in north St. Louis Monday.
The man allegedly took a woman's purse at gunpoint in the parking lot of the shopping center, and was spotted a short time later by St. Louis County police in north St. Louis County. He refused to pull over, and took off on Interstate 70.
Police gave chase, and he led them downtown and then over the Mississippi into East St. Louis, where the chase continued, with the suspect at times driving his white Chevy Impala – allegedly stolen – on city streets at speeds topping 100 mph. Eventually, the man made his way back onto the highway and over the Poplar Street Bridge back to Missouri, then headed south from downtown St. Louis on Broadway.
A few minutes later, he got back on Interstate 55 northbound, with city, county and Illinois police, plus a helicopter, in pursuit. He headed north through downtown and then up Interstate 70 to West Florissant, where he exited the highway and led police through the Walnut Park and Baden neighborhoods of north St. Louis.
Eventually, two of his tires blew out on stop strips, and city police took him into custody without further incident in the 7900 block of Church Street at about 1:20 p.m. No one was hurt.
St. Louis County Police did not release the man's name Monday afternoon, but said he faced felony charges of resisting arrest and traffic violations, and that he had several outstanding warrants for robbery.
Brentwood Det. Sgt. Jim McIntyre said he expected charges would be filed in the Promenade robbery Tuesday morning.