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Carjackers lead police in pursuit in St. Louis, Metro East with baby in car

Carjackers lead police in pursuit in St. Louis, Metro East with baby in car

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UPDATED at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday with details on carjacking.

ST. LOUIS — Two carjackers with a baby on board led police on a chase late Monday night from St. Louis to the Metro East and back into St. Louis before crashing the car and running off, police said.

The child’s mother was also in the car during the pursuit and was taken into custody after the crash. Authorities were searching for the two men Tuesday.

The 2018 Toyota Camry was taken by the carjackers about 6 p.m. Monday at Morrison Avenue and South 11th Street. The car’s owner was a 35-year-old man who told officers that two teenagers pointed guns at him as he sat in his car. They ordered him to get out. He complied and the teens jumped in and drove away.

The carjackers apparently picked up the woman and her baby after taking the car at gunpoint.

About midnight, police in St. Louis spotted the car near North Broadway and Calvary Avenue, police spokeswoman Evita Caldwell said. Officers tried to get the car to pull over but it fled into Illinois.

The Illinois State Police saw the car on Interstate 55. At one point, the driver turned off the headlights as the Camry traveled on northbound I-55 near Black Lane in the Collinsville area.

The pursuit crossed back into St. Louis and the Toyota eventually crashed in the 1000 block of Hickory Street. After the two men ran off, police officers found the infant inside the Camry and took the baby’s mother into custody. The child was taken to a hospital to be evaluated.

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