- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Three suspects are in custody after the wife of Missouri Gov.-elect Eric Greitens was robbed at gunpoint Monday night as she left a St. Louis restaurant.

“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,” Mr. Greitens, a Republican and former Navy SEAL, wrote in a statement.

“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,” he wrote.

Police said Sheena Greitens was sitting inside her vehicle in the Cafe Ventana parking lot in the city’s Central West End when her car door was suddenly opened by a suspect, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The suspect pointed a gun at Mrs. Greitens and demanded her property, police said. She handed over her laptop and cellphone, then witnessed several men fleeing the scene, police said.

Officers who arrived on the scene found that another car in the parking lot had been broken into and a man’s cellphone was taken.

Police said the man tracked his cellphone to a suspect’s vehicle in the 4200 block of Shreve Avenue, but it took off when officers arrived.

The vehicle eventually crashed, and three male teenagers — ages 14, 15 and 19 — fled from the scene on foot before they were taken into custody, police said.

Investigators found that the car the suspects were driving had been stolen and used in an attempted robbery in the 3100 block of Locust Street, the Post-Dispatch reported.

Mr. Greitens, who defeated Atty. Gen. Chris Kosterin in the November general election, said the incident strengthened his commitment to public safety.

“If tonight’s incident has done anything, it has only served to strengthen my — and our family’s — resolve,” he said in his statement. “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.”

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