ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KSDK) - A mother and daughter were accosted by armed robbers waiting outside their Olivette home Monday morning.
The frightening series of events unfolded outside a home on Beechmont, just south of Old Bonhomme Road, around 10:30 a.m.
"They were backing out, their vehicle was backing out and they surrounded the vehicle and got them out of the vehicle and took them inside it how it happened," says Olivette Police Sergeant David Wolf.
Police tell NewsChannel 5 when inside the home the four men started demanding cash and jewelry. Then hit the younger woman on the head with a pistol. Her mother also suffered an arm injury; neither required hospitalization.
Sergeant Wolf says the elderly woman somehow got away from the four men and went for help.
"Basically it was just sort of spur of the moment she saw a moment where she could run out so she ran out of the house and screamed for help," says Sergeant Wolf.
When the suspects heard the screams, police say that's when they took off. Three of the robbers escaped in a vehicle; the fourth fled on foot, but was captured not long after.
The Ladue School District briefly placed Old Bonhomme Elementary School on lockdown as a precaution. The lockdown's was lifted shortly after.
Police say it appears this was a random act of violence.
"We don't at this time know the reason for that house," says Sgt. Wolf.
Police say they don't have a description of the getaway vehicle, but are working on some leads.