County gets its turn to prosecute violent burglary suspect

Posted 10/12/21

Warren County prosecutors are finally getting their turn to take the suspect in a violent 2019 burglary to court.

Charges were officially issued in September against Elijah Moore for his alleged …

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County gets its turn to prosecute violent burglary suspect

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Warren County prosecutors are finally getting their turn to take the suspect in a violent 2019 burglary to court.

Charges were officially issued in September against Elijah Moore for his alleged participation in a July 2019 burglary just outside Wright City that led an extensive manhunt which ended with a shootout in Wentzville.

According to charging documents filed in court, Moore and another suspect broke into a home on the 15000 block of Westwoods Road sometime after 1 a.m. Moore allegedly held the homeowner at gunpoint and then restrained him with a garden hose. Moore and the other suspect, Patricia Winsor, allegedly gathered electronics, firearms, power tools and jewelry from the home, loaded it all into the homeowner’s vehicle and drove away with it.

Warren County prosecutors on Sept. 25 this year filed charges against Moore for first-degree robbery, first degree burglary, first-degree kidnapping, six felony stealing charges, two counts of armed criminal action, and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Moore had already been charged with a slew of other felony charges in 2019, but these most recent charges were only issued following completion of a major federal criminal case against Moore. He was convicted by a federal court in February this year and sentenced to 30 years in prison for violent acts that he allegedly committed while attempting to escape after the burglary.

Moore fled from Wright City, shooting at a Wright City police vehicle on his way out, then led officers on a hunt from New Melle to Wentzville. He reportedly stole another vehicle outside Wentzville and shot at police officers who subsequently chased him, including at least one U.S. Marshal.

After crashing the vehicle, Moore engaged in a gun battle with police and was shot in the legs, and then was arrested.
Moore has a long series of convictions from other violent offenses, including multiple assaults and unlawful use of a weapon.

Patricia Winsor, the other suspect in the Wright City robbery, has a number of her own felony charges still pending prosecution in Warren County Circuit Court.

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