(This story has been updated with quotes and further details on the crime)
Two persons of interest were taken into custody on Jan. 19 in connection with a fatal stabbing that occurred two days earlier.
Alex B. Kresting, 24, and Monica L. Deroy, 41, were taken into custody by the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis at a residence in the area of Old Auburn Road in Foley around 10 p.m. Tuesday night.
The duo was wanted for questioning in the stabbing death of Christopher Wright, 44, who was fatally wounded after a fight on Grizzleys Lane in unincorporated Lincoln County.
“When the death of a person occurs at the hands of another, regardless of circumstances, the public has a right to expect that those responsible will be brought to justice to answer for their actions,” Lincoln County Sheriff Rick Harrell said. “Anyone attempting to prevent justice being served is putting themselves and others at risk.”
According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, first responders took a call reporting a fight.
When deputies and ambulance personnel arrived, they discovered Wright’s body on the ground outside. At least one witness said Kresting stabbed the victim during the fight – and fled the scene before authorities arrived.
The Major Case Squad was activated to investigate the stabbing shortly after the incident. However, Kresting and his girlfriend, Deroy, who the Sheriff’s Office said both have active warrants against them, remained at large for two days.
The Major Case Squad was able to speak with Kresting by phone, but Kresting refused to divulge his whereabouts.
Det. Tony Stewart said it was pretty much a “cat and mouse” game with the couple before they were finally captured.
“(Kresting) knew he had an active warrant, and he knew he was going back to jail,” Stewart said. “He wanted to spend as much time as free as he could.”
Stewart added when they finally found, the couple surrendered peacefully, but the size of the county can allow a person to hide for a few days.
“Lincoln County is a very large area, even with the number of extra officers involved in a chase,” he said. “If you know the area, it can take a few days for us to catch you.”
Harrell said Kresting and Deroy were interviewed by detectives, and are currently being held in the Lincoln County Jail on probation violations.
Wright’s death is still a current and active investigation, and more evidence is being gathered.
“We now have what detectives believe is a clearer picture of what happened during the altercation between Wright and Kresting. However, the investigation will remain open until key evidence can be analyzed by the crime lab,” Harrell said. “When the investigation is concluded, a report of the facts in this case will be in the hands of the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
“I have every confidence that all the facts will be given careful consideration.”
The Major Case Squad at the residence also arrested two other individuals when Kresting and Deroy were taken into custody on outstanding warrants.
The Major Case Squad does not believe they were involved in the stabbing, and their names were not released to the public.
(All subjects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.)