August 29, 2012Two teenagers charged in the recent killing of a former St. Louis University volleyball player in the Central West End have now been linked to a Brentwood armed robbery that occurred a week before Megan Boken's death.
Keith Esters of Bel Ridge and Johnathan Perkins of Overland, both 18, where charged Tuesday, Aug. 28, with first-degree robbery, felonious restraint and two counts of armed criminal action – all felonies – stemming from the Aug. 12 incident in Brentwood. Bond was set at $200,000 cash only for both suspects.
In that case, Esters and Perkins got into the car of a woman who had been eating a sandwich in her car in the parking lot of Brentwood Square, police said. They demanded cash and the woman's cell phone. They then forced her to drive to an ATM and make a cash withdrawal. They told her to go back to the parking lot and then fled the scene with her cash, cell phone and wallet.
The teens were charged Friday, Aug. 24, in the murder of Boken, a St. Louis University graduate who was in town for an alumni volleyball match when she was shot and killed at about 2:30 p.m. Aug. 18 in the Central West End.
In that case, Esters was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree attempted robbery and two counts of armed criminal action. He allegedly shot and killed Boken after she resisted giving him her purse and cellphone.
Perkins was charged with second-degree murder, first-degree attempted robbery and two counts of armed criminal action. Police said he was driving the vehicle Esters ran to after shooting Boken.
Esters and Perkins remain in the St. Louis County Jail.