Michael Murphy

Authorities continued their search Friday for a Franklin County man accused of breaking into a home, threatening a woman with a gun and robbing her.

Michael B. Murphy, 39, St. Clair, remained at-large as the Weekend Missourian was going to press.

Murphy is charged with first-degree armed robbery and first-degree burglary in the Tuesday, Feb. 18, incident. A judge set Murphy’s bond at $250,000 in the case.

Authorities suspect that Murphy left the Franklin County area after the incident was reported.

Deputies responded to a home in the 4000 block of North Virginia Mines Road, southeast of St. Clair, shortly before 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, but the suspect was gone when they arrived.

The homeowner told deputies that a man, who she is familiar with, entered her home about 2:17 a.m. and came into her bedroom.

The victim said the suspect put a handgun to her head and demanded money. He then pulled the trigger several times but the gun did not fire, according to the victim’s statement to deputies.

The man then took some cash from the bedroom and fled out the back door. He was last seen running in the direction of White Acres subdivision, south of North Virginia Mines Road.

Deputies searched the area but did not find him.

The victim identified the suspect for deputies who then obtained a warrant for his arrest on the felony charges.

The man has distinctive tattoos on his head and neck. Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 636-583-2560.

Murphy has prior felony convictions for second-degree burglary, theft of a firearm and drug-related charges, according to online court records.

He was sentenced to concurrent sentences in the Missouri Department of Corrections and was placed on probation in those cases after serving shock time in prison, according to court records.