Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Accomplices Charged after Robbery-Gone-Wrong Led to Homicide in Downtown St. Charles, Police Say

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Accomplices Charged after Robbery-Gone-Wrong Led to Homicide in Downtown St. Charles, Police Say

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ST. CHARLES - Two people are facing felony charges after a robbery gone wrong left one man dead in downtown St. Charles on Friday, police say.

Investigators allege that Brady David Wood, 31, worked with Michael A. Leslie, 29, and Autumn Nuspl, 21, to create a fake Facebook page under the name "Amanda Smith" and arranged to meet a man they thought had cash and drugs in downtown St. Charles on Friday evening.

Wood and Leslie ambushed the victim in an alley in the 800 block of North Second Street armed with a BB gun that looked like a real semiautomatic weapon, St. Charles Capt. Ray Juengst said Monday. Juengst led the investigation along with the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis.

It turned out the victim was armed with a revolver and shot Wood, police said. Wood died in the alley.

The robbery plot began when Nuspl, Leslie and Wood met at the Steak 'n Shake at 3909 Mexico Road in St. Peters, according to a police account in court documents.

According to that account:

Nuspl dropped the two men off at what would become the scene of the ambush near the city's popular tourist area on the riverfront.

She then picked up the man they planned to rob at his St. Charles home posing as a friend of the fake "Amanda Smith," and drove him to the alley where Leslie and Wood were waiting.

The men approached the car with their faces covered in a ski mask and a cinched hood and opened the passenger door.

The man they were trying to rob then pulled a .22-caliber revolver from his waistband and shot Wood in the neck.

The shooter, who was not injured, then demanded Nuspl drop him off at his home in the 300 block of Jackson Street in St. Charles. She did, and then returned to the scene of the shooting and found Leslie.

Police say that after the shooting, Leslie took the BB gun from the scene and discarded it in a trash bin on the sidewalk about 65 yards away. …

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