A couple of St. Louis teenagers are facing federal charges after robbing a St. Louis Blues prospect at gunpoint.
While attending the NHL club’s rookie training camp, the unnamed 20-year-old prospect and a 22-year-old woman were approached by the two suspects on the grounds of the Gateway Arch around 7:30 p.m. on Monday. The suspects demanded their property, acquiring their cell phones, wallet, purse, and car keys before running off.
The victims were not injured during the robbery.
On Tuesday, Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong made it public that the male victim was a prospect of his organization.
“The St. Louis Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that took place on the Arch grounds early Monday evening involving one of our organization’s prospects. Our player, who is in St. Louis for our rookie camp, is safe as local authorities work to apprehend the suspect. We will have no further comment at this time,” Armstrong said on Tuesday.
On Thursday, police announced that they have taken 18-year-old Kaniya Sloan and 19-year-old Christopher Franklin, as well as a juvenile, into custody. The two adults have been charged with aiding and abetting a robbery on federal territorial jurisdiction and accessory after the fact of a robbery on federal territorial jurisdiction, both being federal charges.
The Blues are participating in the annual Traverse City prospect tournament in Michigan, which runs from Sept. 16 to 20. It is assumed that the victim was in St. Louis for the team’s individual rookie camp before heading up north.
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