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Suspect in custody after elderly woman's dog held hostage during burglary

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Darlene Honkey (Credit: KMOV) Darlene Honkey (Credit: KMOV)
Kiauna Proudie, 24, is accused of holding an elderly woman's dog hostage during a St. Louis County burglary (Credit: St. Louis County Police) Kiauna Proudie, 24, is accused of holding an elderly woman's dog hostage during a St. Louis County burglary (Credit: St. Louis County Police)
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A 24-year-old woman is in custody after allegedly robbing a 83-year-old elderly woman earlier in the month.

Around 1:20 a.m. Nov. 9, St. Louis County Police officers responded to a call for a burglary-in-progress at a residence in the 10400 block of Castle Drive. 

Police said responding officers observed the damage done to the residence, and heard yelling from inside the home. Then, officers heard a single gunshot from inside the house, at which point they forced their way through the door to get inside. 

"So I came in the kitchen then and I sat here with my gun, and while I was sitting here all of a sudden I looked up and [the suspect] was in the hallway there, squatted down with my dog and [the suspect] looked at me and [the suspect] said, 'You wouldn't shoot your dog?' and I said, 'Try me,'" said homeowner Darlene Honkey.

Following a struggle between the two, Honkey said the suspect took her gun and pointed it to her head. 

The suspect, later identified as Kiauna Proudie, left the home from the rear access to the house while police came through the front.

Additional officers, who were outside during the forced entry, saw the suspect flee while holding a handgun. Proudie allegedly fired the weapon at the officers outside, and the officers returned fire. 

The suspect then ran to the wooded area near the home. 

The victim and police officers were not injured during the course of events. 

Police dispatched the Metro Air Support, K-9 Unit, and the Tactical Operations Unit to help in their search for Proudie, who was implicated by through DNA evidence, police said. 

When Proudie was arrested, she confessed to the crime, according to police.

Nov. 27, Proudie was charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary. She is currently being held on a $50,000 cash-only bond.

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