A mound view man with a criminal history of theft and assault has been charged with a warrant for attempting to rob an elderly woman by forcibly entering her home after police told her.
Wayne Ninzell Greer, 25, was charged with first-degree theft through assault in Ramsey County District Court on Wednesday.
According to the criminal complaint, Greer, whom police said was recently released from prison, knocked on the door of a 72-year-old woman’s house on Eastwood Road in Mounds View at around 10:40 a.m. on October 7. .
The woman told police that she slightly opened the screen door and saw a man, later identified as Greer, who asked her for directions to Red Oak Drive. He answered her, and as he attempted to close the screen door, he forcibly opened it, according to the complaint.
The complaint states that he grabbed the woman by her wrist and pushed her to the ground, closing the door behind her. He grabbed her and demanded from her to give all her money.
She cried for help and he got up and ran out the front door, the complaint said.
Police responded to a similar incident a day earlier, where a man with the same description tried to enter a home on Groveland Road in Mounds View. The incident was caught on the doorbell camera.
Police saw a man matching Greer’s description running north through the yard on Reed Oak Drive, according to the complaint. Police searched for him using K9, drones and helicopters, but could not find him.
Investigators learned that Greer was the adopted son of someone living on Red Oak and were unable to find Greer because his brother had driven him out of the area.
Greer’s criminal record shows convictions for burglary, simple robbery, three felony counts, third-degree assault and domestic assault.
A warrant has been issued for his arrest.