Rudie Feick was charged October 25, 2011 after being accused of robbing a woman while responding to a lost dog flier on Saturday in south St. Louis. By KMOV Web Producer
ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – Police have arrested a man accused robbing a dog owner on Saturday while responding to a lost dog flier.
Sheila Vaughn says Rudie Feick called her to say he had her Pit Bull, Patches, who had been missing for four weeks.
Desperate to get her dog back, she agreed to meet him near his home in the 4200 block of Neosho in south St. Louis to trade $800 cash for the dog. Vaughn originally offered $5,000 for the dog, but the man asked for $800 up front.
When they met, Feick thought Vaughn had the cash on her, and tried to snatch her purse. She was able to wriggle free and run away, but she dropped her keys and cell phone.
Vaughn called his phone number and Feick said he would sell her keys and phone back. She agreed and asked him to meet her at a local gas station, but not before calling police who tackled and arrested him at the gas station.
Officers say in a situation like this one, anytime you meet someone you don’t know, you put yourself at risk. You can diminish your risk by meeting people in neutral, busy and well-lit areas.