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Priest nearly carjacked while getting out of his car at Saint Louis University

Police arrested the man on a bus after witness told officers the bus number

ST. LOUIS — A Saint Louis University priest was nearly carjacked by a 17-year-old after getting out of his car at Saint Louis University campus Thursday morning, 5 On Your Side has learned.

The 68-year-old man told police he had just gotten out of this 2016 Taurus around 7:50 a.m. at 3634 Lindell Blvd. when he said a gunman demanded his keys and pointed a pistol at him.

The victim was able to make it to his nearby office and close his office door before the man could get his car keys. The office has an automatic lock that kept the man from getting in, sources told 5 On Your Side.

The teen ran toward Grand Boulevard and got on a bus. A witness got the bus number. The priest called police, who then broadcasted a description of him and the bus number, the sources said. 

Officers stopped the bus and arrested him. The teen still had his gun with him, according to sources.

The teen told police that he committed the crime.

5 On Your Side does not typically name people accused of crimes until they are charged.

Police said they will be seeking warrants against the suspect. 

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