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Mike Arnold

Michael "Mike" Arnold, owner of Gus Gus Fun Bus. Photo from Facebook used with permission of family.

ST. LOUIS • A federal grand jury has indicted two people in the deadly June carjacking of a party bus owner in downtown St. Louis.

Curtis Alford, 20, and Jana Stowers, 19, already facing numerous charges in St. Louis Circuit Court, each has been indicted on a carjacking count in U.S. District Court.

Curtis Alford and Jana Stowers

Curtis Alford, of Maplewood, and Jana Stowers, of East St. Louis, were indicted on a federal charge in a downtown carjacking that left a bystander dead after he was run down by the carjackers. Alford pleaded guilty in November to the federal charge, admitting that he caused the death of the bystander, who owned a party bus.

They are accused of robbing two people and then running over Mike Arnold, owner of Gus Gus Fun Bus party bus, in a stolen Ford F-150 truck, causing Arnold's death. Another man also was hit by a truck during the June 16 robbery attempt in the 700 block of Chestnut Street.

Prosecutors said Alford used pepper spray to commandeer a pickup from two women, then intentionally struck two witnesses while fleeing in the stolen truck.

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Arnold, 54, of O'Fallon, Mo., died five days later after undergoing hospital treatment. He was a longtime employee of AAA-Auto Club of Missouri, and on weekends drove his 14-passenger party bus for winery trips and other events.

The federal indictment says Alford and Stowers together carjacked the truck and caused Arnold's death. They made their first court appearance Wednesday, and face up to life in prison, if convicted.

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