Ellisville police continue to investigate a home invasion on April 27 at the home of an 86-year-old woman in which the suspect kissed the woman as he left.
Police Sgt. Nancy Walker said the woman, Bernice Cook, called police at 3:52 p.m. to her home in the 1300 block of Kensington Way Drive.
Cook told police that while she was inside watching TV, her doorbell rang.
At the door was a man she described as black, with medium skin tone, in his 30’s, about 6’2” tall, of medium build, and with a mustache. He was wearing a two-tone brown jacket with a UPS emblem and safety pins holding the jacket closed, blue jeans, and a dark red St. Louis Cardinals ball cap with a yellow sticker on the underside of the bill.
He also had curled hair coming out from the back of the hat, sunglasses, and tan work boots that appeared to be new.
He was holding a cardboard box and what appeared to be the type of device on which a UPS delivery worker would have the recipient of the delivery sign, Walker said.
He told Cook he was from UPS and had a package for her, she opened the storm door to accept the package, and the man shoved her backwards, closing the inside door behind him, Walker said.
He told her that he only wanted her money and jewelry and would not hurt her.
Using a roll of tape he brought with him, the man wrapped it around Cook’s wrists and fingers, told her his name was Robert and said he wanted to get enough money to get back to California, Walker said.
He also told her he had a 10-year-old son who was suffering from cancer. He then taped Cook to the stove in the kitchen.
Before he left, the man kissed her on her cheek and told her he would call the police so they could untie her, Walker said.
He left through the front door, and Cook used her teeth to chew through the tape to free herself and call police.