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Pair charged with robbery, elder abuse and more
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A St. Louis man and a Sikeston woman are in custody on numerous charges after an early Tuesday morning robbery in Sikeston.
Mark A. Stokes, 36, and Aundrea N. Thompson, 17, have been charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree elder abuse, felonious restraint, receiving stolen property, first-degree burglary and an unclassified felony of armed criminal action.
Sikeston Department of Public Safety officers responded to a residence on Second Street in reference to an armed robbery. Upon their arrival, officers made contact with an 83-year-old female at her residence.
The woman said she was home around 7:30 a.m. when a woman unknown to her knocked on her door and asked to use her phone. The victim invited the woman inside and at least one other man came inside with her. The assailants shut the door and began forcefully tied up the victim and placed her inside a closet. The victim said during the ordeal she was threatened with physical violence; she believed she would be seriously hurt if she did not comply.
The assailants raided the home, stealing the victim's purse and other items. She was not injured.
The suspects, identified as Stokes and Thompson, were seen Tuesday night at a convenience store by a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper. The pair was arrested and transported to jail in Sikeston.