14-Year-Old Desmond Nguyen Will Be Charged As Adult For St. Louis Shootings

| by Allison Geller

Desmond Nguyen, 14, is being tried as an adult for his role in the February crime spree that terrorized St. Louis.

Nguyen was charged Tuesday with robbery, assault, and two counts of armed criminal action after being detained in juvenile custody for a Feb. 6 drive-by shooting and other violent crimes, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Three other teens, Jayven Moose, 18; Kevin Dang, 17; and Justin Campbell, 17;  have already been charged for their role in a drive-by shooting, in which a 29-year-old woman was struck in the neck, and the robbery at gunpoint of a pizza delivery man. They are each facing multiple counts of property damage, assault, robbery, and shooting a firearm.

Nguyen has been charged with shooting the pizza delivery driver. According to KMOV, Nguyen followed the driver until he stopped, demanded his wallet, and then opened fire after the driver handed over the cash.

The teenagers committed the crimes in Dang’s family’s van. Police pulled the teens over after the woman who was shot told police the shooters had been driving a gray van. The woman was taken to the hospital for her injuries.

While the older teens were immediately arrested after warrants were issued for their role in the crimes, Nguyen had been waiting in the custody of juvenile authorities until prosecutors levied the charges Tuesday. He is being held on $200,000 cash-only bond, according to the Riverfront Times.

Sources: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, KMOV, Riverfront Times