The governor-elect of Missouri says his wife was robbed at gunpoint Monday night.
“She is safe, but shaken,” Eric Greitens, a Republican from St. Louis, said of his wife, Sheena Greitens, who is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Missouri.
The incident reportedly happened as Sheena Greitens was sitting in her car and looking at her cellphone after leaving a coffee shop in St. Louis when three male suspects, ages 14, 15 and 19, opened the door and pointed a gun at her.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch reported that Greitens gave the suspect her cellphone and laptop. She then saw the suspects running from the scene.
When police arrived, they found another vehicle that had been broken into and a man's cellphone stolen. Police later traced the device, which led them to the suspects' vehicle. They fled in the car but were involved in an accident. That's when the trio tried to flee on foot before being arrested, authorities said.
Police found the stolen laptop and cellphones in the suspects' car, which was also stolen, according to the Post Dispatch.
Gov.-elect Greitens gave a speech near the site of the incident Tuesday morning. In his Facebook post, he expressed gratitude for the law enforcement officers "who were by Sheena's side within minutes" of the robbery.
Austin Chambers, a senior adviser to the governor-elect, said Tuesday that Sheena Greitens will receive protection from the Missouri Highway Patrol going forward.
Greitens was elected the state's next governor on Nov. 8, defeating Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster.
(H/T: Kansas City Star)