Two Warrenton suspects were charged Tuesday for their roles in a Wright City home invasion and shooting at police during multiple vehicle pursuits.
Several area law enforcement agencies pursued and eventually arrested the suspects connected to the crimes that occurred early Monday. Suspects fled from Wright City to New Melle, where police engaged in a lengthy search, before another pursuit that ended in Wentzville.
Elijah W. Moore, 36, and Patricia N. Winsor, 34, both of Warrenton, have been charged.
Winsor was charged Tuesday in Warren County Associate Circuit Court with first-degree assault against a police officer, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary and stealing a motor vehicle.
Moore is charged in St. Charles County Court with first-degree assault against a police officer, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm, resisting arrest and first-degree motor vehicle tampering.
The Warren County Sheriff’s Department said the initial break-in was committed by Moore and Winsor early July 29 at a home on Westwoods Road, just outside Wright City.
The suspects told investigators they were traveling in a vehicle that broke down nearby. Moore allegedly kicked in the door of the home and restrained a homeowner inside using a garden hose. Police said Winsor admitted to watching the homeowner while Moore gathered valuables from the home. The two then stole a SUV from the home, authorities allege.
According to Wright City police, an officer spotted the stolen vehicle on South Stracks Church Road at 2:36 a.m. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but the suspects fled.
During a pursuit, Moore allegedly leaned out the driver-side window with a rifle while Winsor took the wheel. Police said Moore shot at the patrol car, striking the hood and disabling the vehicle. The officer was uninjured.
The hunt for the suspects then moved to St. Charles County. Police said the stolen vehicle was located at a home on the 700 block of Highway D, just west of New Melle. The St. Charles County Regional SWAT Team surrounded the home and at 9:30 a.m. took Winsor and a third suspect into custody, police said.
Authorities are investigating the third person’s possible connection to the earlier crimes, and have not issued formal criminal charges. The identity of the suspect has not been released.
Police did not locate Moore at the residence and continued to investigate the area throughout the afternoon and evening. Just before 7 p.m., police said Moore stole a vehicle in New Melle and fled the area.
The Wentzville Police Department said Moore was seen driving the stolen vehicle about 30 minutes later on Highway Z near Interstate 70. An officer attempted to stop the car, but Moore again fled northbound through Wentzville.
When the chase neared Highway P, Wentzville police said Moore began firing from the vehicle toward police. The chase continued until Moore attempted to ram a separate police car, according to an arrest report.
Moore was arrested on West Meyer Road near Highway W in Foristell. Police located a revolver in the vehicle he was driving.
Moore was taken to a nearby hospital after the arrest, Wentzville police said. No officers or bystanders were injured during his arrest.
Winsor is in custody at the Warren County Jail. She is being held without bond until a future court hearing. A review of her case is scheduled for Aug. 14 in Warren County Circuit Court.
Moore is in the custody of St. Charles County Department of Corrections. He is being held on a $100,000, cash-only bond. A hearing date for him has not yet been set in the St. Charles Circuit Court.
Elijah Moore also is wanted for a robbery that occurred June 30 in the 2200 block of Columbus Circle in Warrenton.
Moore allegedly robbed a man at knifepoint inside a home, and planned to rob another person, according to Warrenton police.
Warrenton police said Moore recently was released from a 15-year prison sentence. Court records indicate that conviction was for an assault on a police officer and armed criminal action.
Records also show Moore has prior felony convictions for assault, theft, and multiple instances of unlawful use of a weapon.