Man Grabs Former Missouri Governor’s Wallet Downtown

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - A former Missouri governor was ripped off on the streets of downtown St. Louis. It happened to 63-year-old Bob Holden Wednesday afternoon.  The former governor has an office in the Old Post Office Building in the 800 block of Olive.  He teaches a class there for Webster University.

On Wednesday, he left the building and walked about two blocks north to Washington Avenue.  He was on his way to the Dubliner Restaurant when a man approached him with a gas can and asked for money. 

When the former governor reached for his money clip the man demanded the whole thing.  The man is not known to have had a weapon.

Holden said, "Somebody wanted money and I tried to help them and they grabbed my money and ran and there was no physical harm done at all."

People who work downtown were surprised.  One woman said, "Maybe they didn`t know he was a governor."  Another woman added, "As populated as the streets are with police right now that`s very surprising."

The governor said the suspect was fast, "He was a good runner he got out of there quick."

The former governor is a huge supporter of the revitalization of downtown. He was reluctant to talk about the crime because he didn`t want to make the city look bad. 

Holden said, "It`s a great place to be in downtown. It`s safe. These things are going to happen in the county, it`s going, in the city it`s going to happen in all parts of Missouri." 

Holden added, "I continue to walk around at night because St. Louis has a beautiful downtown and I want to see more people come downtown."

At last report police had no suspect in custody.  The former governor said this was the first time someone has stolen cash from him like happened Wednesday.

Bob Holden served as Missouri's governor from 2001-2005.  His political career spans for more than 25 years.  He now teaches political science and communications courses at Webster University.  He has an office at the university's Old Post Office campus.

The President of the Board of Aldermen Lewis Reed has responded to the mugging with the following statement, “The mugging of Gov. Holden in the well-policed district that is Washington Avenue shows that citizens continue to be in danger of becoming the victims of violent crime.”

Reed is currently running to be the Mayor of St. Louis.


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