The 75-year-old woman awoke and saw two men standing in the doorway of her bedroom. Both were wearing ski masks. One wielded a machete at the Oak Grove woman. Another pointed a handgun at her, according to court records.
75-year-old woman awoke and saw two men standing in the doorway of her bedroom. Both were wearing ski masks. One wielded a machete at the Oak Grove woman. Another pointed a handgun at her, according to court records.
They demanded her car keys. She complied, directing them to where the keys were at. One of the men pushed the elderly woman to the floor. She suffered bruising and swelling to the right eye, the documents say.
The men allegedly stole her 2007 Toyota Corolla, her land line telephone and cell phone. She couldn’t call 911. Instead, she rushed to a neighbor’s home to call police.
The Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office Thursday charged two Eastern Jackson County teenagers for the Oak Grove home invasion.
Justin D. Sievers, 18, of Independence, was charged with first degree robbery, two counts of armed criminal action, first degree burglary, two counts of assault and one count of resisting/interfering.
Travis W. Bailey, 19, of Blue Springs, was charged with first-degree robbery, two counts of armed criminal action, first-degree burglary, and fraudulent use of a credit device.
Bond was set at $250,000 each.
Independence police got word that Sievers and Bailey were connected with the home invasion. The police’s “source of information” said they were going to the Tastee Freez on U.S. 24 Highway. Numerous police detectives along with a U.S. Marshal converged on the area to look for the two.
At 4:33 p.m. Tuesday, the U.S. Marshal spotted the stolen car, occupied by Sievers and Bailey, in the parking lot of Sladek Hardware near the Tastee Freez. A police detective along with the U.S. Marshal parked directly behind the suspects.
The two suspects saw police converging on them.
“Police! Stop!” yelled the detective.
The suspect rammed the back of the police car, resulting in the detective to fall and he “experienced pain,” according to court records.
Sievers and Bailey then rammed the driver side of the U.S. Marshal’s vehicle that was parked in front of them.
From there, the chase was on.
Patrol officers chased the vehicle through Independence. It ended in Kansas City. Speeds exceeded 90 miles per hour.
After three collisions with innocent motorists, the chase ended at Truman Road and Winchester Avenue.
Items recovered from the stolen car were a plastic “air soft” pistol, multiple credit cards owned by the elderly woman, a machete-type weapon, two ski masks, another large knife, a cell phone, and a pair of glasses.
An FBI special agent questioned Sievers.
He and Bailey on Monday planned to break into the woman’s house to steal her car because they were “needing a ride,” according to court records.
So they got ski masks, one was black and the other gray. They spray painted in black the plastic gun so it resembled a “genuine pistol,” according to court documents.
They kicked her front door.
After taking the car, they drove to an Independence convenience store and used her credit card to buy gasoline and four cartons of cigarettes, according to the court papers.
Bailey told police detectives they forced entry into the woman’s home and that he pushed the woman to the floor during the robbery, according to court records.