Sedalia teen charged with robbery at gunpoint

October 16, 2008

A Sedalia teenager was arrested and charged with a robbery at gunpoint that happened earlier in the week.

Michael C. Wilson, 17, of the 1200 block of South Kentucky Avenue, was arrested Wednesday and charged Thursday with first-degree robbery, two counts of felony armed criminal action and second-degree assault. He was in Pettis County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.

Wilson was accused of robbing Tamara Henderson, 27, of Sedalia, in front of his home early morning Wednesday.

According to a probable cause statement written by Sedalia Detective Marty Holdeman, Henderson knows Wilson and told police he was the robber. She also selected Wilson from a lineup.

Henderson told officers she was driving when Wilson yelled for her to stop, and she pulled up to the curb. Wilson leaned into the vehicle and grabbed at a roll of money in Henderson’s cup holder. Henderson grabbed the money at the same time to keep Wilson from getting it.

“During the quick struggle, Henderson says Wilson took a twenty and she got the rest, about $30,” Holdeman wrote. “Henderson says that Wilson then pulled a shotgun, that he had hidden on his right side, up into her car and pointed it at her face and told her to give him the money.”

Henderson said “no” and Wilson threatened to shoot her, according to court documents. She drove away, and was struck just above her eye with the barrel of the gun. The injury required four stitches.

The penalty for a first-degree robbery conviction would be 10 years to 30 years or life in prison. Second-degree assault carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison upon conviction.