Pair accused of robbing elderly woman in her home | Crime
A man and woman are accused of forcing their way into an 83-year-old Bootheel Missouri woman’s home and robbing her.
The victim told Sikeston police early Tuesday morning a young woman knocked on the door of her home on Second Street and asked to use the phone.
According to Captain Jim McMillen of the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, the young woman and a man entered the home, shut the door then tied up the elderly victim and forced her into a closet.
The victim told investigators the suspects threatened to physically harm her and “she believed she would be seriously hurt if she didn’t comply.”
According to Captain McMillen’s report, the suspects raided the woman’s home and stole her purse and several other items before leaving. Several minutes later the victim managed to push her way out of the closet. She then asked a neighbor to call 911.
Captain McMillen says detectives “immediately began working the case and quickly gathered information on a possible suspect.”
Later that night a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper spotted the suspects at a convenience store and arrested 36-year-old Mark A. Stokes of St. Louis and 17-year-old Aundrea N. Thompson of Sikeston.
The two were charged with the following:
- Robbery 1st Degree
- Elder Abuse 1st Degree
- Felonious Restraint
- Burglary 1st Degree
- Armed Criminal Action
- Receiving Stolen Property
Captain McMillen says the tactic the suspects used is "very common" and urges residents, especially the elderly, to never invite anyone you don't know inside your home. He added, "anytime you have a suspicious person come to your home and you suspect criminal behavior, contact the police."