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St. Louis man charged with kidnapping and robbing young couple

St. Louis man charged with kidnapping and robbing young couple

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ST. LOUIS • A St. Louis man faces a slew of charges for allegedly kidnapping a couple and forcing them to drive to an ATM for money, which resulted in a gas station shootout Wednesday night.

Trevin Ridgel, 21, of the 3900 block of Lexington, was charged Saturday with: one count of first degree robbery, one count of first degree attempted robbery, two counts of kidnapping, two counts of first degree assault and four counts of armed criminal action. A judge set $100,000 cash bond.

St. Louis police took Ridgel into custody Friday night. A second suspect is still being sought.

A couple in their 20s from Illinois told police they were on their way to Florissant to visit friends Wednesday night when they got off the interstate in St. Louis and got lost. They ended up at the 3900 block of Palm Avenue, where they say two teens who said they had a gun forced them to drive to ATMs for money.

They ended up at a gas station at East Grand and North Broadway, where one of the victims got away from her captors long enough to tell a store clerk she was being robbed, she told police. One of the teen suspects then fired shots at the store clerk, a 33-year-old man who pulled a gun and returned fire.

No one was hit. The robbers ran off unhurt. Police say the incident apparently began at about 11:15 p.m. Wednesday and ended about an hour later.

Jennifer S. Mann is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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