ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- According to authorities, Robinson Jewelry located on Chippewa, was the scene of an attempted robbery Monday by three black males, two of whom were armed.
Prior to the attempted jewelry store robbery, two men bound and blindfolded a 64-year-old woman along Walsh near Hampton.
“As she walked up to her car, two individuals walked up behind her,” said Major Jerry Leyshock of St. Louis Police. “Oddly enough, she didn’t feel threatened; she almost thought they were joking until they grabbed her.”
Police said the woman had her hands tied and tape was across her mouth and eyes.
At Robinson Jewelry, one of the suspects, who was dressed in military fatigues and no mask, came into the store and hopped over the counter with a gun. The suspects then tried to break the store’s jewelry cases.
Then, the store’s owner took out his own gun and fired.
“I think he reacted fast enough,” said Major Leyshock. “And with the shots fired they didn’t want to stick around to see what else he was selling.”
The owner told News 4’s Matt Sczesny that he was only 4-feet from one of the suspects when he fired and believes he may have hit one of them.
An investigation revealed the suspects used the victim’s grey Toyota Prius to commit the attempted jewelry store robbery and that she was inside the car when the alleged crime took place.
After binding the victim and putting her in the car, the suspects drove the vehicle a short distance and got out of the car. While stopped, the woman reported she heard a gunshot shortly before the suspects got back into the car.
The suspects then drove the car a short distance again and exited the vehicle. The victim was then able to break free and escape from the vehicle, which was later dumped at another location.
The investigation is ongoing.