Eric Greitens' wife robbed at gunpoint near St. Louis home

Posted at 9:58 PM, Dec 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-06 17:20:34-05

UPDATE: A KSDK reporter says Marquay Beard, 19, is facing charged in connection to the robbery of Missouri Governor-elect Eric Greitens's wife, Sheen Greitens.

Beard is charged with tampering with a motor vehicle.

Eric Greitens says Sheena was robbed at gunpoint Monday evening.

Eric Greitens says she is safe but "shaken." The robbery reportedly occurred near the Greitens home in St. Louis. 

St. Louis Metropolitan Police say that the incident occurred in the parking lot of a restaurant around 6:18 p.m. Monday. Sheena Greitens told police she was sitting in her car when a black man opened the door and demanded she hand over her laptop and cell phone. She told police she also saw several other men running from the scene.

Police discovered another car in the same lot had been broken into and its owner said his smartphone was missing.

Police tracked the second victim's phone to a vehicle traveling on Shreve Avenue. The vehicle reportedly tried to flee and got into an accident. Three suspects tried to run on foot but we were taken into custody.

They are aged 14, 15 and 19 years old. The vehicle they were traveling in had been reported stolen and allegedly used in another robbery.

In a press conference on Tuesday regarding the incident, Sheena said “I am safe and we are incredibly thankful to the law enforcement officers and their families who go out every night to work to keep all of us safe and to everyone who reached out with their concern and their prayers.”

Greitens said he hopes to sit down with the families of the young men who robbed his wife to talk about what they can do together to prevent these type of things from happening in the future.

Read Monday night's full statement from Eric Greitens on below:

Tonight, my wife Sheena, the mother of my two boys, and the future First Lady of Missouri was robbed at gunpoint not far from our home. 
She is safe—but shaken. We are grateful for the men and women of law enforcement. Their response was swift and skilled, and we thank God for their presence tonight.
I have spoken in the past about the importance of public safety. About the need to take care of the men and women of law enforcement who have our backs. About the danger too many Missourians feel walking in their neighborhoods at night, or taking their kids to school, or going to the grocery store.
If tonight's incident has done anything, it has only served to strengthen my—and our family's—resolve. We are, now more than ever, committed to the law enforcement officials who were by Sheena's side within minutes. We are, now more than ever, disturbed by the violence and chaos in our communities. And we are, now more than ever, focused on the mission of creating safer neighborhoods for all of our families and all of our children. 
We are also thankful tonight: for God's grace, for our brave men and women in law enforcement, for the safety of our family, and for the prayers of so many of you. God bless all Missourians, and those who keep us safe.

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