Local man puts up sign at 7-Eleven, threatens victim's family if demands not met

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by KMOV.com Staff | @KMOV

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Posted on December 19, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 20 at 7:50 AM

(KMOV) – A man faces felony charges after he allegedly put up a sign outside a St. Louis County 7-Eleven threatening to harm the cashier’s family if she didn’t meets his robbery demands.

Tracy Childress, 47, was charged Dec. 13 with second-degree attempted robbery.

According to court documents, Childress went to the 7-Eleven in the 11200 block of Midland Blvd. on Aug. 7 and put a sign on the glass door that implied the writer of the note was outside the home of “one of your loved ones.”

Police say Childress demanded the cashier put cash and other items in a bag within two minutes and place it in the “back corner” of the store.

The victim called police and Childress was arrested at the scene and his bond was set at $25,000.

According to police, Childress has also been charged in two similar cases involving threatening notes.

Police say Childress in late July wrote a series of handwritten notes and left them at a home in Creve Coeur. The first note claimed he had been watching and following the residents for four days and demanded $6,000 to make him stop. He followed up with other notes that demanded money, one of which ordered them to leave $40 cash for dinner, two sets of silverware and a two-liter bottle of soda. One of the residents complied with that demand.

Police say Childress then went to another home in early Aug. That note threatened unspecified repercussions if the victim did not leave $500 at a nearby restaurant.

Childress eventually confessed to all three incidents. 

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