Police Catch Armed Robber Lying in a Ditch with Gun, Money

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Shawn Walther, 37. - SLCPD
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  • Shawn Walther, 37.

St. Louis County police say they busted a suspected armed robber Monday after he stole cash from a south St. Louis County gas station.

Shawn Walther, 37, of the 6000 block of Yorkshire Drive, faces charges of first-degree robbery and armed criminal action.

According to reports from police, Walther entered the Circle K gas station at 9311 S. Broadway Monday, pointed a handgun at the clerk and took an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing. Witnesses told police which way Walther headed, and cops found him "lying in a ditch" near the River City Casino.

As they arrested Walther, officers found a fully loaded handgun underneath his abdomen and the stolen cash from Circle K in his pocket.

Walther is being held on a $35,000 cash-only bond.

Here's the report from police:

On Monday, October 20, 2014, officers from the St. Louis County Police Department's South County Precinct responded to the Circle K located at 9311 S. Broadway for a report of an armed robbery. The suspect entered the gas station, pointed a handgun at the clerk, and demanded money before fleeing the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect was captured by responding officers after receiving information from witnesses in the area who had seen the suspect running from the scene. The suspect was located lying in a ditch near River City Casino Blvd. The suspect was subsequently taken into custody without incident. While taking Walther in custody, the officers seized a fully loaded handgun that was located underneath Walther's abdomen. They also seized the cash stolen from the Circle K located in Walther's pocket.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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