St. Louis, Missouri – Monte Kent, 32, of St. Louis, and Harvey Cameron, 29, of St. Louis, were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of robbery and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Cameron was also indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to court documents, on June 21, 2020, Kent and Cameron robbed the 7-Eleven at 5350 Chippewa Street, St. Louis, Missouri. As Kent drove a black Cadillac sedan to the front of the store, Cameron got out of the sedan with an AK-style pistol while clutching a trash bag. Kent remained in the driver’s seat. Once inside the store, Cameron pointed the gun at a 7-Eleven employee and demanded the entire cash register drawer. The employee put the cash drawer in the trash bag. Cameron then left the store and got into the black Cadillac sedan. Kent and Cameron drove away.
Shortly after the robbery, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department officers were advised of the location of a Cadillac sedan matching the description parked on Blair Avenue in St. Louis. The officers exited their police vehicle and announced their presence. But, Kent and Cameron sped off, driving recklessly through the City of St. Louis. When the vehicle finally hit a dead end, Kent and Cameron got out of the sedan and fled on foot. They were subsequently apprehended.
Officers searched the black Cadillac sedan. There was a black trash bag in it with over $90, the 7-Eleven cash register drawer, as well as the AK-style pistol.
If convicted, the charge of robbery carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine; brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence carries a minimum sentence of seven years; and felon in possession carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on all charges. In determining the actual sentences, a judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.
These charges are the result of a joint investigation by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Charges set forth in the Indictment are merely accusations and do not constitute proof of guilt. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.