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Second Man Charged in Cell Phone Robbery

The two men planned to steal an iPhone "from an Asian," the men told officers, according to a police report.

A second man has been charged in a robbery on the Delmar Loop in which two men forcibly stole a cell phone from a man.

The men told officers they planned to steal an iPhone “from an Asian,” according to a University City Police report.

Justin Shakespeare, 18, of the 600 block of Jefferson Street in St. Charles, was charged Nov. 21 with second-degree robbery. .

University City Police said Shakespeare and Lewis-Wilke approached the man, who was sitting at a table in the Ranoush Restaurant and Hookah Bar on Delmar Boulevard. One of them grabbed his cell phone, which was sitting on the table and they began to leave.

Police said the man followed Shakespeare and Lewis-Wilke and tried to grab the phone back. During the struggle, one of the men elbowed the victim and they got away with the phone.

When Shakespeare was arrested, he had the iPhone on him, police reported.

Shakespeare and Lewis-Wilke were being held in St. Louis County jail on Tuesday. Bail was set at $25,000 each.

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Earl Higgins November 28, 2012 at 02:01 PM
I'm wondering if the suspects could not be charged additionally with a hate crime since they intentionally targeted a particular ethnic group.
TRIPLETT May 06, 2013 at 02:34 AM
This kid is just a product of society...I know him personally and is very intelligent....just made a bad choice...I that he finds forgiveness for his mistakes and I try my best everyday to encourage teens like him to stay in school ...and live with society lawfully and learn to work for what you want instead of robbing others who do work hard for their own.
maria May 11, 2013 at 08:55 PM
The kids should not get out from jail. He is the one going around university city stealing people i phone. He should realize people work hard for their money and now they have to buy a new i phone becauuse of that. But what i don't understand is why going after 'asian people' why? This is why people don't get along with color people. We really hate them and i would never go around stealing people phone and i'm starting to hate them cause is too many of them doing bad stuff and is bothering me.

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