A Sullivan man was charged Friday, March 2, with beating, carjacking and kidnapping a 79-year-old woman at knifepoint in September in South County.
Robert Cook, 53, was charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree assault, kidnapping and three counts of armed criminal action.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the woman was trying to leave the lot of a Kmart at 3901 Lemay Ferry Road about 10:25 a.m. Sept. 26 when Cook stopped her from closing the driver’s side door of her 2001 Dodge Neon. Cook punched her and forced her to the floorboard of the passenger side and made slashing motions at her with a knife. Cook didn’t cut her but sliced her purse straps.
Cook then drove her in her car into St. Louis, kept her purse and cellphone but abandoned her vehicle in the 5000 block of Walsh Street. It was not clear from charging documents if he abandoned the vehicle with her in it or let her out somewhere else, according to the Post-Dispatch. The woman later identified Cook in a photo lineup.
Bail for Cook was set at $200,000, cash only. He was not in custody Friday.
Cook’s criminal history includes convictions in St. Louis in 2000 of two counts of first-degree robbery. Online court and prison records say he received an 18-year sentence and was released in December 2016, the Post-Dispatch reported.