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Fiance begged mugger: please don't take the ring - we just got engaged

by Diana Zoga

KMOV.com

Posted on December 5, 2011 at 8:12 PM

Updated today at 3:23 AM

(KMOV)--Even with a gun pressed against his back, Ryan Gantner tried to convince a robber not to take his fiance's engagement ring. "Ryan said don't take her engagement ring. Come on, we just got engaged," said Gantner's fiance, Julie Srouji. Srouji said the robber responded by saying, "I don't care. Give 'em to me." Srouji watched as the robber held a gun to her fiance and demanded his wallet, her purse, and her rings - just steps from the door of their loft building in downtown St. Louis.

The couple was walking home around midnight near 15th and St Charles Street when they noticed a white Dodge Intrepid, driving the wrong way on St. Charles. The driver slowed and asked the couple for directions. Gantner says he pointed the man in the right direction and continued to walk towards their door - a few yards away. That's when the robber stepped out of the car and put a gun to Gantner's back. The couple was not hurt and the robber got back into the car and took off.

By Monday, police confirmed officers arrested a suspect. Police would not release details of the arrest until charges are filed. Gantner says a detective contacted him Monday afternoon and explained that police recovered Gantner's wallet, but the couple is still waiting for news on the ring. Srouji describes described the engagement ring as having a high setting with a white gold band and .8 carat solitaire diamond.

The robber also took a Tiffany ring with an aquamarine stone and the words "Paloma Picasso" engraved on the interior of the silver band.

"Those things can be replaced and our lives can't. It's disheartening, we've been residents of downtown for four and a half years now. We're huge champions of the community and this is something that is in our own backyard.

Anything we can do to help prevent this in the future and just create the awareness around what happened to us," said Srouji.

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