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Teen charged in connection to robbery of Missouri Gov-elect Greiten's wife

Marquay Beard, 19, is charged with tampering of a motor vehicle. He is allegedly connected to the robbery of Sheena Greitens, the wife of Mo. Gov-elect Eric Greitens. Credit: SLMPD Marquay Beard, 19, is charged with tampering of a motor vehicle. He is allegedly connected to the robbery of Sheena Greitens, the wife of Mo. Gov-elect Eric Greitens. Credit: SLMPD
Eric & Sheena Greitens (Credit: UPI St. Louis) Eric & Sheena Greitens (Credit: UPI St. Louis)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A 19-year-old is facing charges for in connection with a robbery in which items were taken from Sheena Greitens, the soon-to-be First Lady of Missouri.

Marquay Beard, 19, is charged with one count of tampering with a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor.

Sheena Greitens, was robbed near her Central West End home Monday night.

According to police, Sheena Greitens had just left a restaurant around 6:20 p.m., was in her car in the 3900 block of West Pine, and was looking at her cell phone when a teen suspect suddenly opened her car door. The suspect then pointed a gun at her demanded she handover her property. She gave him her cellphone and laptop. 

Sheena Greitens told officers she saw several males running from the area after she was robbed.

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Another car on the same lot was also broken into, police said. The victim of that theft told police his cell phone was stolen.

The man who had his phone stolen tracked it, which led officers to the 4200 block of Shreve. When officers attempt to stop the suspects' vehicle, the car fled and was involved in an accident. Following the crash, Beard and the two other suspects who were inside fled on foot, but were soon arrested. Police believe the other suspects are aged 14 and 15. 

The suspects' car was allegedly stolen in a robbery earlier in the day in the 3700 block of Lindell, and police also believe it was used in an attempted robbery in the 3100 block of Locust just before Sheena Greitens was robbed.

According to police, property from the robberies and vehicle break-ins were recovered from the suspect vehicle.

Governor-elect Greitens released the following statement about the robbery:

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.

Police say Beard is on probation in St. Louis County for receiving stolen property and in Maricopa County, Arizona for possession of burglary tools and control of stolen property. Beard stole a car from North County in October, 2015, prosecutors say.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Governor-elect Greitens said he plans to meet with the families of the suspects.

"I plan to sit down with their mothers and their families to discuss what we can do together to make sure every family and community knows they can go home and look at their kids and know they will be safe," said Greitens.

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