Federal charges filed against suspects in Gateway Arch grounds robbery
ST. LOUIS (STL.News) On September 16, 2021, federal charges were filed against Christopher Franklin and Kaniya Sloan. 19-year-old Christopher Franklin and 18-year-old Kaniya Sloan are accused of aiding and abetting a robbery on federal territorial jurisdiction and accessory after the fact of a robbery on federal territorial jurisdiction.
According to the charging documents, on September 13, 2021 at 7:34 p.m., Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Department (SLMPD) officers were dispatched for a report of an armed robbery. Officers interviewed a male and female victim, and learned that at approximately 7:30 p.m., the victims were on the grounds of the Gateway Arch.
While on the Arch grounds, they were approached by a suspect who pointed a black handgun at them and demanded their property. The female victim complied with the demands of the suspect and handed over her purse. The male victim also complied with the demands of the suspect and handed over his iPhone and wallet.
SLMPD officers worked with the Federal Park Service to obtain and review surveillance footage from the area to identify the robber. Detectives followed up on several leads which resulted in the arrests of Sloan and Franklin along with a juvenile suspect on September 15, 2021, in the City of St. Louis.
Charges set forth are merely accusations and do not constitute proof of guilt. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.
The case was investigated by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and the Federal Park Service.