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Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2014 9:30 am

A Franklin County man accused of threatening and robbing a woman in her home last week, was caught Friday afternoon after several days on the run.

Sheriff Gary Toelke said Jefferson County deputies responded to a report of a suspicious person shortly after 3 p.m. and arrested Michael B. Murphy, 39, St. Clair.

Jefferson County authorities said Murphy appeared to be disoriented when deputies questioned him. He was taken to to St. Anthony’s Hospital for examination, then held until Franklin County detectives could take custody and return him to Franklin County, the sheriff reported.

Murphy is charged with first-degree armed robbery and first-degree burglary in the Tuesday, Feb. 18, break-in at a home southeast of St. Clair. A judge set Murphy’s bond at $250,000 in the case.

Deputies responded to a home in the 4000 block of North Virginia Mines Road, southeast of St. Clair, shortly before 2:30 a.m., 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.

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.

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