A man who saw his pickup being stolen jumped into the truck bed and was taken for a wild ride March 7 in a Maplewood Commons parking lot.
Maplewood Police said Demarco McCaster, 28, stole the truck and when the owner saw his vehicle exiting the parking lot, he jumped into the pickup bed. McCaster swerved back and forth trying to throw the man from the bed as he drove through the area and onto eastbound Interstate 64.
Maplewood Police Sgt. Matt Nighbor said McCaster then pulled over on I-64 and assaulted the man.
McCaster, of East Saint Louis, was charged Tuesday with first-degree robbery and armed criminal action. He is being held in St. Louis City Justice Center. Bail was set at $100,000.
McCaster was on probation in the city of St. Louis after pleading guilty Nov. 27 to stealing a vehicle. He had been sentenced to four years in prison, but the sentence was suspended and he was placed on two years probation.
For more crime information on Maplewood-Brentwood Patch, see the following articles:
- Man Leads Maplewood Police on High-Speed Chase into Shrewsbury
- 4 Volvos Stolen Off Brentwood Volvo Lot