Police arrest caregiver in murder of Florissant woman

FLORISSANT, Mo. – A Ferguson man is accused of killing a 94-year-old woman and then calling an Uber to leave the crime scene.

Tommie C. Coffer Jr. was charged with the murder of Geneva Richardson on December 18. Coffer, who is a caregiver for the victim, allegedly beat and stabbed her in the face.

According to Officer Steve Michael, Florissant Police Department, Coffer usually cared for Richardson weeknights from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Investigators discovered on the night Richardson was killed, Coffer had an Uber driver pick him up from her house around 6:45 p.m.

Police said Coffer, who lives in the 1300 block of Hudson Hills in Ferguson, was headed that way in the Uber and had several bags with him. He said Coffer instructed the Uber driver to stop in an area with vacant homes a few miles from his address. Michael said Coffer then walked down the street with the bags.

Investigators later discovered the bags in that spot.

Police said they found a blood-soaked pillow case, a t-shirt, and latex gloves in a trash bag on a burn pile that was near Suburban and Jean avenues, which is several miles from his home.

Some of the items matched others found in the victim’s home.

Police also said Coffer stole checks from Richardson’s home totaling $2,800.

The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged Coffer with second-degree murder and armed criminal action. He’s being held in the St. Louis County Justice Center on a $500,000 cash-only bond.