ST. LOUIS — Two people have been arrested after a St. Louis Blues prospect and woman were held up and robbed on the Arch grounds this week.
A 20-year-old man, who is a prospect player in the St. Louis Blues organization, and a 22-year-old woman were walking near Walnut Street and Memorial Drive on the Arch grounds around 7:30 p.m. Monday. The victims were approached by a man who pointed a firearm at them and demanded their property, police said.
The victims turned over their phones, purse, wallet and car keys. The suspect ran away and the victims ran to the nearest person and asked them to call 911.
The victims were not injured.
"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," said St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong in an emailed news release. "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.
The St. Louis police department on Thursday announced two suspects were arrested, a 19-year-old man and 18-year-old woman.
The police department plans to ask the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office for charges of first-degree robbery and armed criminal action.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story misidentified the gender of one of the suspects. This story has been updated.
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