UPDATED with news of the arrest of three suspects.
The wife of Missouri Gov.-elect Eric Greitens was robbed at gunpoint Monday night near his St. Louis home, Greitens said on his Facebook page.
“She is safe, but shaken,” Greitens wrote. “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.”
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Greitens offered no details of the incident involving Sheena Greitens, but an aide said Greitens would hold a news conference at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Louis to discuss the incident.
The Riverfront Times reported Monday night that the incident happened at about 6:18 p.m. in the 3900 block of Pine as Sheena Greitens was sitting in her car looking at her cell phone after leaving a restaurant. One suspect opened her car door, pointed a gun at her and demanded her possessions.
Sheena Greitens reported watching the men flee. Police later arrested three young male suspects ages 14, 15 and 19.
In his Facebook post, the man who is scheduled to become Missouri’s next governor on Jan. 9 said the incident has strengthened his — and his family’s — resolve.
“We are, now more than ever, committed to the law enforcement officials who were by Sheena's side within minutes,” he wrote. “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.”
Greitens, 42, and his wife have two young sons. He also posted about the incident on Twitter.
Other social media posters noted that the Greitens live near the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, just off the Lindell Boulevard corridor.
Sheena Chestnut Greitens is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Missouri.
“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,” Eric Greitens wrote on Facebook. “God bless all Missourians, and those who keep us safe.”