A teenaged male from St. Peters has been charged with several felonies in connection with a robbery that occurred in a Wentzville home where he had been staying. The 18-year-old was charged on Oct. 17 with a count of first-degree robbery and two counts of attempted first-degree robbery, according to local authorities.

Scene reports indicate that several victims were robbed on Oct. 15 while in their home on the 400 block of Wilson Street. The victims were all men in their 20s, according to authorities. Those victims said that a pair of men came into the home through the basement, brandishing a pistol and demanding their money. One victim failed to follow the robbers' directions, and he was struck on the head with the gun. Authorities say the pair of alleged thieves made off with about $40 before fleeing the scene.

The suspect in this case allegedly met the two robbers at the basement door and allowed them to enter the home. The suspect also directed the men to the area of the house in which the victims were staying, according to crime scene reports.

Authorities say that the man ran away along with the other two suspects. He has been the only suspect apprehended so far in the case, though officers say the investigation is continuing. The 18-year-old suspect is being held on a $50,000 bail, according to local authorities.

In this case, the suspect is considered an adult because he is 18 years old. It is not clear how old the other two suspects might have been, but it is possible that they peer-pressured him into participating in the robbery. He also might have been threatened by the others suspects, who are accused of wielding the weapon during the robbery.

Considering the substantial amount of incriminating evidence in this case, the young man may choose to plead guilty to the charges associated with the robbery. In that case, if this is his first offense, the man may face reduced jail time or avoid imprisonment altogether.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "St. Peters teen accused of helping two others commit robbery in Wentzville," Oct. 17, 2012