Man Applies for Job at Car Wash Before Robbing It, Shooting Employee: Police


The Hands On Detailing car wash is right behind the Rendezvous Room. - GOOGLE MAPS
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Maybe he was casing the joint. Maybe he forgot his resume. Either way, police are on the lookout for the man who tried to rob Hands On Detailing car wash last weekend by asking for a job first.

Just after 5 p.m. Friday, an unidentified man in a white hooded jacket, light-colored jeans and a red baseball cap walked into the car wash behind south city staple the Rendezvous Room at 521 S. Vandeventer, asked for a job and left, according to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

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Five minutes later, according to the security camera footage, the man walked back into the store with a gun and announced that he was holding the place up. A 60-year-old male employee tried to disarm the gunman, so he shot the employee in the stomach, police said.

Here's the security footage. Watch how he hobbles out of the shop after the shooting:

The suspect -- who is actively wanted by police for robbery and assault charges -- fled through an alley and jumped into a white four-door Chevy Impala occupied by three other men, which headed south on Vandeventer. Police describe the suspect as about 30-years-old, between 5'8" and 5'10" and about 200 pounds.

The car wash employee was listed in critical condition at a local hospital.

Police said it's not yet clear if the robber took anything from the business.

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Here's more information from police:

Incident: Robbery 1st / Assault 1st (Shooting)

Location: 521 S. Vandeventer (Rear) (Hands On Detailing)

Date/Time: 5/30/14 @ 1700

Victim: 60-year old black male

Suspect: Unknown black male, approximately 30-years old, 5'8"-5'10", approximately 200 lbs, wearing a white hooded jacket, light colored jeans and a red baseball cap

Vehicle: 2008-2011 white, 4-door Chevy Impala occupied by three unknown black males

Officers responded to a call for a hold-up of a car wash, where a victim was shot by the suspect. Investigation revealed the suspect walked into the business and asked for a job. The suspect exited the business, then reentered shortly after, revealed a firearm and announced a robbery. The victim, an employee of the business, attempted to disarm the suspect and while doing so, the suspect fired at the victim, striking him in the stomach. The suspect was observed running south through an alley on Clayton and entering the back seat of the listed vehicle, which was parked in the area. The vehicle was last seen travelling south on Vandeventer. The victim was transported to a local hospital and is listed as critical. It is not yet known if anything was taken from the business. The investigation is ongoing.

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