St. Louis (KSDK) - Charges have been filed against a man accused of armed robberies, shooting the victims after they surrendered their belongings.
Vincent Newman, 24, has been charged with first-degree robbery and armed criminal action for a robbery and assault October 16.
Police believe Newman is responsible for at least three armed robberies in the area, though charges have only been filed for one. Victims in all three robberies described the same suspect, one of which has positively identified Newman. They also linked the crimes through ballistic evidence.
On October 16 in the 3400 block of Russell just before 10 p.m. police say Newman robbed a 20-year-old woman at gunpoint. He took her cell phone and tablet computer, then shot her in the left arm and cheek.
This incident came just two days after the first, on October 14.
Police say that crime happened around 10 p.m. in the 2200 block of South Grand. A 26-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman were unloading their vehicle when police say Newman approached them, showed a hand gun, and demanded their property.
The victims handed over their belongings, and the suspect told them to run. As the victims were running, police say Newman fired multiple shots, striking the man in the right hand and left leg.
The third incident happened just before 1 a.m. Wednesday when a 27-year-old woman walking to her car in the 1600 block of South Spring had her purse snatched.
Police say Newman shot the woman in the face and then ran from the scene.
Authorities say all three of the crimes happened within a one mile radius of Newman's home and say the public's help was critical in solving these cases.
Charges are expected to be filed in the other two robberies, and police are looking back as far as one year to see if Newman is linked to any other crimes in the area.
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce says this is not Newman's first run in with robbery charges.
"He did not shoot the woman back in 2008, but it was a street robbery of a stranger who happened to be walking in neighborhood on the south side," says Joyce.
Almost the same exact crime, she asked for 15 years in prison for Newman and he got three years. After getting out he then he violated his probation.
"He did 120 days in prison and he had just gotten out of prison on October 6th, this robbery happened on October 16th," she says.