ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Monday night Governor-elect Eric Grietens’s wife was robbed at gunpoint in the Central West End of St. Louis city.
St. Louis police say Sheena Grietens had just left a restaurant in the Central West End just after 6 pm and had gotten into her car on a parking lot located on West Pine. While looking at her phone, a suspect open her car door, pointed a gun at her and demanded her property.
She complied with the demand, handing over her laptop and mobile phone.
She told officers that the suspect and several other individuals fled the scene.
Officers that responded to the scene also discovered another vehicle that had been broken into. The owner of the vehicle told police his mobile phone had been stolen.
Authorities were able to track the victims phone and attempted to pullover the vehicle with the phone. The vehicle sped off, eventually getting into an accident.
Three suspect fled the car, but were later located and taken into custody.
Further investigation revealed the suspects’ vehicle was stolen during a robbery on Locust and another robbery on Lindell.
Property taken in the robberies were recovered from the stolen vehicle.
Statement from Eric Greitens:
Tonight, my wife Sheena, the mother of my two boys, and the future First Lady of Missouri was robbed at gunpoint not far from our home.
She is safe—but shaken. We are grateful for the men and women of law enforcement. Their response was swift and skilled, and we thank God for their presence tonight.
I have spoken in the past about the importance of public safety. About the need to take care of the men and women of law enforcement who have our backs. About the danger too many Missourians feel walking in their neighborhoods at night, or taking their kids to school, or going to the grocery store.
If tonight's incident has done anything, it has only served to strengthen my—and our family's—resolve. We are, now more than ever, committed to the law enforcement officials who were by Sheena's side within minutes. We are, now more than ever, disturbed by the violence and chaos in our communities. And we are, now more than ever, focused on the mission of creating safer neighborhoods for all of our families and all of our children.
We are also thankful tonight: for God's grace, for our brave men and women in law enforcement, for the safety of our family, and for the prayers of so many of you. God bless all Missourians, and those who keep us safe.