Federal Charges Filed in Carjacking Death
St. Louis - Curtis Alford, 20, of St. Louis, MO, and Jana Stowers, 18, of St. Clair, IL, have been indicted in connection with the June 16th carjacking that resulted in the death of Michael Arnold. The case was filed in the Eastern District of Missouri on October 10, 2018 and the defendants made their initial appearance in federal court yesterday. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has sought their pre-trial detention. These charges follow assault, robbery and armed criminal action charges filed by the St. Louis Circuit Attorney.
Arnold was struck by a stolen Ford F-150 pickup truck and died from his injuries several days later. The federal indictment alleges Alford and Stowers took the truck by force, intimidation and violence and that their actions resulted in Mr. Arnold’s death.
The case was investigated by the St. Louis Police Department and the St. Louis Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The U.S. Attorney’s office has brought these charges as part of a joint investigation of this matter with the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office as part of the office’s violent crime initiative.