Missouri Governor-Elect Eric Greitens Thanks Police After Wife is Robbed at Gunpoint
A day after his wife was robbed at gunpoint, Missouri Governor-Elect Eric Greitens thanked police and vowed to tackle crime when he gets into office in January. Greitens and his wife Sheena briefly spoke to reporters Tuesday morning about the robbery on Monday night.
Sheena Greitens says she arrived at Cafe Ventana around 6 p.m. Monday night and was sitting in her vehicle by herself when she was robbed at gunpoint by three teenagers, ages 19, 15 and 14.
Sheena reportedly handed over her cellphone and laptop, but remained unharmed. The incident happened just blocks from where the family lives in St. Louis.
"We are incredibly thankful to the law enforcement officers and their families who go out every night and work to keep all of us safe and to everyone who reached out with their concern and their prayers," Sheena Greitens said.
Eric Greitens says the teenagers were on a crime spree in the area and they were quickly caught by police. The Governor-Elect says he forgives the teens and plans to sit down with their families.
"I plan to sit down with their mothers and their families to discuss what we can do together to make sure that every family and every community in the state of Missouri knows that they can go home at night and look at their kids and know that they'll be safe," Greitens said. "This has strengthened my believe that we must do different in the state of Missouri and that's what I plan to do as governor."
Greitens' spokesperson Austin Chambers says they don't believe Sheena was targeted directly because she is the wife of Eric Greitens. Chambers says it is only protocol for the Governor-Elect to have security before entering office, but the Missouri Highway Patrol will now provide security to Sheena Greitens after the incident.
Sheena Greitens says she wants to remind people this is more of a widespread problem in St. Louis and the state of Missouri.
"We are also aware that what happened to me and to our family last night happens to far too many people and far too many families across this city and this state and that cannot continue," Sheena Greitens said. "We ask that you keep all those people in your prayers as well."
Chambers would not comment on what Greitens specifically plans to do to tackle crime when he gets into office in January. He says they will announce those plans in the near future.