Police: Suspect breaks into home, disarms homeowner

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David Banks.

David Banks.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KTVI) – The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged a 52-year-old man for allegedly breaking into an elderly couple’s Spanish Lake home and using the home owner’s own handgun against him.

According to Officer Brian Schellman, a St. Louis County Police Department spokesman, the burglary occurred after midnight on Sunday, July 12 in the 1100 block of Soria Street.

The 81-year-old homeowner told police he heard a noise at his front door and went to check it out. The elderly man was armed.

The homeowner opened his front door and a burglar was waiting outside and pushed his way into the residence, Schellman said. The burglar lunged at the homeowner and the two men struggled. Eventually, the burglar overpowered the homeowner, disarmed the elderly man, and pushed him down the stairs.

The burglar went upstairs and robbed the elderly man’s 86-year-old wife at gunpoint, Schellman said. Meanwhile, the homeowner was able to call police.

When police arrived, the burglar had fled, but left a crowbar and glove at the front door.

Investigators eventually arrested David Banks and said his DNA was found on the glove.

Prosecutors charged Banks with first-degree burglary, second-degree robbery, attempted first-degree robbery, and armed criminal action. He remains jailed at the St. Louis County Justice Center on a $100,000 cash-only bond.