Dustin French has lived in the Benton Park neighborhood in south Saint Louis for five years. He’s from St. Charles but says he loves living in the city. After what happened last week he’s glad to be alive and share words of warning to others. “A car came up right behind sort of half parallel parked behind me. A passenger got out with a firearm, told me to get out of my car and empty my pockets,” French said.
Thursday night at about 11 p.m., French left a south side gas station and was heading to his home about a half mile away. As he pulled up to the curb he noticed a car right behind him. That’s when the criminal approached him with a weapon. “All I got out luckily were my keys and I said what do I do now. I was asking for orders,” French said. “‘He said get up and walk away. Face away and keep walking.”
He believes the gunman, who police say was late teens or early 20’s, didn’t steal his car because it was a stick. French wrote about what happened on the social networking site Nextdoor. Some of the comments turned into a discussion about concealed carry, but he says he didn’t want to spark a firearms discussion. Just warn people. Read more