PINE LAWN, MO (KTVI) - Four men were arrested after a home invasion in Pine Lawn, but the victim’s family members accused the suspects of harassment and intimidation.
Pine Lawn Police Chief Maurice Brown said this all started Wednesday with a call for help from a home on Margaretta Avenue near Darby Street. Police reported seeing two men loading flat screen televisions into a car. The chief said two more men held a woman at gunpoint inside the home. He also said all the men held cash stolen from the victim and one suspect had a medication prescribed to the victim.
Chief Brown said officers arrested Victor Richardson, Kenneth Lynch, Michael Mayo, and Ollie Lynch. The suspects each faced burglary, armed criminal action, and felonious restraint charges. They each also faced a $175,000 bond.
By Saturday morning, police said someone opened fire on the victim's home late Friday night.
Family members of the victim called our newsroom. They said friends and family of the suspects called the victim several times since the arrests. But, Chief Brown said the victim reported no intimidation to Pine Lawn Police.
"If they give us any kind of information pertaining to that, then we will investigate the situation further. And if we find it to be true, we will arrest any other family members of these suspects that are involved.”
Chief Brown said the suspects are in St. Louis County's jail. However, the victim's family members say the men have been making phone calls from inside the facility.
The family also says the suspects know the victim through mutual friends.
Chief Brown said if the victim makes a report, Pine Lawn Police could file more charges against the suspects. He indicated it is possible that St. Louis County could do the same.