ALTON − Four St. Louis County residents are in custody after a home invasion Jan. 16 left an Alton man severely injured.
Alton Police Chief Jake Simmons announced Thursday, Jan. 30, at a press conference the final of four suspects had been arrested Wednesday, Jan. 29.
Alton Police officers responded to the 1300 block of Pearl Street on Thursday, Jan. 16, after an EMS request was received via 911.
Officers saw the victim, 55, had been severely injured, and the Alton Police Detective Bureau was contacted.
The investigation concluded that Rachel Barnes, 24, Christopher Hill, 27, Demarco Smith, 20, and Curtis Wallace, 38, decided to go to the victim’s house that night to commit armed robbery.
Instead, Hill and Wallace beat the victim with a gun, pipe wrench and their fists and feet, while stabbing him with a knife, police said.
Simmons said Barnes knew the victim because he sold marijuana to her previously.
“Most violent crimes are not random in nature,” Simmons said. “There’s always a relationship involved.”
Simmons said the victim was stabilized and discharged from the hospital after the incident.
Barnes will be charged with one count of armed robbery and one count of home invasion; Hill will be charged with one count of attempted first-degree murder, one count of armed robbery and one count of home invasion; Smith will be charged with one count of armed robbery and one count of home invasion and Wallace will be charged with one count of attempted first-degree murder, one count of armed robbery and one count of home invasion.
Hill and Wallace will be held on a $250,000 bond; bond for Barnes and Smith is set at $150,000.
The victim is not being charged with anything at this time, Simmons said.
He thanked the St. Louis County and St. Louis City police departments for help in apprehending the criminals.
“The river will not stop us,” Simmons said. “The men and women of the Alton Police Department are tenacious, eager and devoted to arresting all criminals that enter our city. Let it be known, I think we have one of the finest investigation bureaus in the Metro East area and it was their dedication and hard work that brought this case to a successful conclusion.”