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Missouri Attorney General Announces Charges for Carjacking Through Safer Streets Initiative

Sep 30, 2019, 13:49 PM by AG Schmitt
St. Louis, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today charges against Kevin Shelton, Jr., 28, of St. Louis, MO for carjacking, possession with the intent to distribute controlled substances and discharge of a firearm on September 26, 2019. This complaint was issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Goodwin through the Safer Streets Initiative.

St. Louis, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today charges against Kevin Shelton, Jr., 28, of St. Louis, MO for carjacking, possession with the intent to distribute controlled substances and discharge of a firearm on September 26, 2019. This complaint was issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Goodwin through the Safer Streets Initiative.

According to the complaint, Shelton, Jr. entered a silver Pontiac Grand Prix in the early morning hours of September 26, 2019, at Salama’s Market located at 4956 St. Louis Avenue in the City of Saint Louis. Once inside, Shelton, Jr. pointed a loaded firearm at the vehicle’s driver and ordered the driver to drive. The driver was eventually able to exit the vehicle. Shelton, Jr. then fired his weapon at the victim.  Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Department (SLMPD) officers responded and arrested Shelton, Jr. In addition to the firearm, which was loaded with 50 rounds of ammunition, Shelton, Jr. was in possession of 116 heroin capsules and 82 methamphetamine tablets.

“Keeping Missourians safe and prosecuting our most violent criminals remains a top priority in my office, and our Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys are working tirelessly to do just that. I look forward to continuing to work with our local and federal partners to keep Missouri families safe,” said Attorney General Schmitt.

Shelton, Jr. has been charged with carjacking; two counts of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances; and two counts of possession of a firearm in furtherance a crime of violence and drug trafficking crime. These charges are the result of a joint investigation by the SLMPD and the FBI.

Shelton Jr. had previously been charged by the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office (CAO) for tampering in the first degree, resisting arrest, armed criminal action in one case, and with resisting arrest and armed criminal action in a second case.

Shelton Jr. was previously placed in a treatment court program, and was terminated from that program on June 17. Shelton Jr. was scheduled to be released back into the public before this complaint was entered.

All persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Criminal charges are not evidence of a crime.