ST. LOUIS — A woman was carjacked early Friday morning after following the car that struck her car in St. Louis, police said.
According to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, the incident happened at 1 a.m. in the Tower Grove South neighborhood. The 22-year-old victim told police she was in the parking lot of the White Castle on 3601 Gravois Ave. when her car, a 2021 dark blue Nissan Altima, was hit by a Honda Accord.
She followed the Accord a block west to the 3500 block of Giles Avenue and got out of her car. That's when she said three men and a woman assaulted her. A handgun was flourished at her, and she was punched several times and thrown to the ground.
During the assault, a friend who was in the car with her got out and ran and did not return to the scene, police said.
The suspects got into the Altima and the Accord and drove away, traveling north on Giles Avenue.
An investigation is ongoing, police said.
Resources for crime victims:
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Better Family Life is a nonprofit community development organization working to “stabilize inner-city neighborhoods.” One aspect of its mission is a gun violence de-escalation program.
To learn more, call 314-381-8200 or visit https://www.betterfamilylife.org/
Life Outside of Violence “helps those harmed by stabbing, gunshot or assault receive the treatment, support and resources they need to find alternatives to end the cycle of violence.”
To learn more, call 314-327-6697 or email: ProjectLOV@WUSTL.edu
The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis has an anti-crime program called “Safety Net for Youth Initiative,” which is a joint partnership between and Saint Louis Public Schools to provide services to at-risk youth.
To learn more, visit https://www.ulstl.com/anti-crime-initiative.html
Cure Violence is an international organization that has recently launched in a handful of St. Louis neighborhoods. Violence interrupters are trained to deescalate violent situations within their own communities. To learn more, visit https://cvg.org/