Woman Accused of Breaking Into Home, Holding Neighbor's Dog Hostage
A Missouri woman faces felony charges after cops say she attempted to hold an 83-year-old woman's dog hostage during a robbery.
According to the St. Louis County Police Department, Kiauna Proudie forced her way into the woman's home on November 9 in the unincorporated Castle Point neighborhood.
Once inside, the 24-year-old — who police later said was armed with a starter pistol that fires only blanks —saw the homeowner had a gun, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Proudie allegedly then grabbed the homeowner's dog in the belief she wouldn't shoot in fear of harming her pooch.
She was wrong, cops said, and the elderly victim reportedly fired her weapon and missed before a physical struggle ensued.
Proudie allegedly dropped the dog but managed to take the weapon before fleeing.
By the time cops say Proudie made it outside, cops had arrived to the victim's home. The burglar allegedly fired at police before disappearing into nearby woods.
A subsequent helicopter search turned up nothing.
However, Proudie was later linked to the crime using DNA evidence. Police say she has since confessed.
Proudie was charged Sunday with first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary. Her bail is set at $50,000.