Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Law & Order

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Law & Order

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UNIVERSITY CITY > Video, DNA exonerate suspect * Prosecutors have cleared Anthony Benson, 35, of all charges in an attack on a jogger near Washington University. Benson has an alibi supported by a video recording, and his DNA does not match the attacker's, Ed Magee of the St. Louis County prosecuting attorney's office, said Monday.

University City police arrested Benson in November and he was charged with kidnapping. The attack, about 6 a.m. Oct. 13, occurred in the 7200 block of Forsyth Boulevard. A woman, 48, said a man grabbed her from behind but ran after she bit him.

Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call police at 314-725-2211, ext. 8010, or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-8477.

ST. LOUIS > Man accused of prostituting minors * Justin L. Luster, 26, has been charged in federal court with sex trafficking of a minor for allegedly prostituting two teenage girls on the Backpage.com website.

Luster was arrested after St. Louis County police Detective John Halliday, working with the FBI, became suspicious of an ad and arranged to meet with two of the escorts at the Holiday Inn in Woodson Terrace on March 23,officials said. Other detectives watched as Luster dropped the girls off, according to an affidavit filed in court, and Halliday provided money for sex services before detaining the girls.

One, 15, said Luster took her to the hotel to engage in prostitution, and the other, 16, said she had a sex date the weekend before and gave the money to Luster, the affidavit says. Luster said he merely drove them and got gas money in return. He had lived in Hazelwood in 2014, according to court records. He was arrested March 24.

UNIVERSITY CITY > Man is shot; suspect arrested * A man, 34, was shot and a suspect was in custody after shots were fired Monday afternoon at Pershing School, 6761 Bartmer Avenue, University City police said. The shooting was reported at 5:36 p.m. and officers found the man, who had been shot once in the buttocks. His injuries were described as not life-threatening.

The shooting is believed to have been "over a personal dispute between the victim and two men he knows," police said in a release.

One of the two suspects was arrested.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the University City Police-Bureau of Investigation at 314-725-2211, ext. 8010, or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-371-8477.

ST. LOUIS > Five arrested after shots fired, chase * After shots were fired around 4:05 p.m. Monday near 17th and Chestnut streets downtown, officers pursued a car and eventually arrested five suspects almost 10 miles away.

Officers saw shots being fired from a vehicle and followed it, police said. The occupants fired shots toward a police vehicle as the chase ensued.

Officers continued to follow the suspects' vehicle to the area of Interstate 70 and Jennings Station Road, where the vehicle was involved in an accident. …

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