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Teen faces robbery, resisting arrest charges

FARMINGTON – A teenager is facing serious charges in St. Francois County after an alleged carjacking in Farmington.

Stephen Henderson, 17, of Riverview, has been charged with first-degree robbery, resisting arrest and armed criminal action. The robbery charge, alone, carries a sentence of 10 to 30 years in prison or life in prison.

According to court records, Henderson reportedly took a car from an employee who was getting off from work at Spokes in Farmington.

The victim told police that a man named “Greg” kept calling him while he was working. Unable to take personal phone calls at work, the victim told the host there to have the man meet him on the parking lot after he got off work.

The victim said when he got off work, he saw a man pull up in a sports utility vehicle. The victim said Henderson got out of the sports utility vehicle and they sat in his vehicle and during that time, Henderson pulled out a pistol and told him to get out or he would shoot.

The victim notified the police department and officers located the vehicle traveling at an excessive speed north on U.S. 67.

A pursuit was initiated near Parkway Drive in Park Hills by two Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers. The suspect traveled at speeds of 80 to 100 mph.

“Law enforcement deployed spike strips just north of Route M (in Jefferson County),” Farmington Police Chief Rick Baker said Tuesday. “The spike strips deflated the tires on the vehicle and suspect took off on foot. After a short chase the man was taken into custody at 10:20 p.m. (Monday).”

A revolver, marijuana and scales were found in the stolen vehicle.

Baker said the St. Louis man was taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital for treatment and was then taken to the Jefferson County Jail.

He is being held on a $250,000 bond.

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