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'Bath Salt Bandit' Charged With Robbery After Monday's Manhunt

The St. Charles County Sheriff's Department will test the stolen bath salts to see if they contain illegal synthetic drugs.

A man some are calling the “Bath Salt Bandit” was charged Tuesday with robbing the .

deputies said that Ryan Anderson, 35, of Hawk Point, stole packages marked “Blitz” and “Go Go.” Previously, bath salts sold at the shop had been purported to mimic the effects of cocaine, methamphetamine or ecstasy.

Deputies said Anderson grabbed two boxes of bath salt and pushed a store clerk at the shop out of the way. He then fled from deputies, who said he created a substantial risk to others by driving at speeds over 85 mph and weaving through traffic. He cut across the median on Highway 40 at Highway N and Prospect Road, according to a report.

He then fled on foot, eluding law enforcement for several hours. He was eventualy apprehended by and St. Charles County Sheriff's Department officers.

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Anderson was charged with one felony count of robbery and one felony count of resisting arrest by fleeing, creating a substantial risk of serious injury or death to any person.

The stolen packages will be tested to see if they contain any banned substances. Last year, the St. Charles County Council made it illegal to sell or possess certain synthetic drugs that mimic effects of illegal drugs.

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