Teen asks woman for help, then threatens her with gun during robbery at home along Ward Pkwy

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Kansas City woman opened her door to a teenager asking to use her phone, and moments later she was calling for help.

Police are still searching for the suspect who committed the armed robbery at 57th and Ward Parkway. Just before 7 p.m. on Sunday, police were called to the area on a reported armed residential robbery.

“A young person came to our house, and asked to use our phone, I was away on a business trip, my wife was there, she offered her phone to this young person. He made a call, nobody answered the call on the other end, he asked for a ride home,” Phil Glynn, the victim’s husband, recounted.

Glynn said his wife Elizabeth went outside to bring her children inside when she saw a younger looking black male jump the fence on the southwest side of her home. He asked if he could use a phone to call his mom. She asked for his name and the number he needed her to call, but there was no answer when she called the number he provided.

He then told her he needed a ride to East 34th Street and Montgall.

“My wife offered him a ride home, and she had our children go to a neighbor`s house, so that she could help this young person,” added Glynn.

She invited him inside due to the fact she believed he was a lost juvenile. When they were inside, the teen lifted his shirt and showed his black handgun.

“When the children were out of the house, this young person made her aware that he had a weapon, and the situation quickly moved to -- he took her cell phone and her car and he left,” Glynn said.

She asked the teen to leave. She took the key to the vehicle off the key ring and gave it to him. He got into her Toyota Highlander and drove off.

“My wife is a very brave woman, has great presence of mind, is always very much in control of her emotions. It was a scary situation, but she was fine,” Glynn said, “I`m just very relieved that nobody in my family was harmed, that`s the most important thing to me, we don`t know what the future holds, but I just hope that this person is able to get the help and support that he needs.”

Glynn said police have located their SUV, but not the suspect. If you have any information that will lead to an arrest, call police or the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.