Elderly woman tied up, robbed in north St. Louis County home - KMOV.com

Elderly woman tied up, robbed in north St. Louis County home

(KMOV.com) – Bellefontaine Neighbors police are searching for the suspect who they say attacked and robbed an 85-year-old woman after breaking into her home Thursday morning.

Authorities said the attack happened around 1 a.m. inside the victim’s home at the intersection of Bellefontaine Road and Shepley Drive.

According to reports, the suspect entered the home through a basement window. When victim Genny Britton heard the noise in the basement, she went to check on the source.

"He was right on the top step, i started to turn light on and he said don’t turn light on and turn back towards me and don’t’ look at me,” she said.

The suspect then demanded Britton's money, car keys and credit card.

"I said I'm an old lady and I don't have any credit cards," she said. "So he hit me in the face and pushed me down and I thought 'he's gonna kill me.'"

Britton grabbed $40 from her wallet and handed it to the suspect, but he demanded more.

"He said 'I need your car,' and I said 'I'm not giving you my car.'"

Britton eventually did give up her keys, but the suspect never took her car. Instead, he took decided to give her an assuring message.

"I gave him the keys to car, then he tied me up, pushed me on the bed, turned me over on my stomach, tied my feet, then put a blanket on my body and patted me and said 'you’re gonna be okay.'"

Britton was eventually able to free herself and run next door to call police.

Bellefontaine Police Chief Robert Pruet was upset by the attack.

"If it was my mother or grandmother..." he paused. "She's been traumatized."

The victim told police the suspect got away with various possessions including her wedding ring.  Police said this was a random and isolated incident.

No arrest has been made in the case. Police are asking anyone with information to come forward.


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