TO: All Media
DATE: March 18, 2016
FOR: Immediate Release
On March 17, 2016 at approximately 5:14 a.m., Crawford County Deputies were dispatched to 607 W. Magnolia Street, Cherokee, KS regarding a home invasion and robbery that had just occurred.
On arrival, deputies spoke with the victim, Billie Purdum, 26 of Cherokee who alleged that Blake St. Clair, 28 of Overland Park, KS entered her home, assaulted and robbed her.
Purdum informed deputies that St. Clair, whom Purdum has a Protection from Abuse order against from a previous relationship, entered her home through a broken window that St. Clair had damaged previously. Purdum and her nine year old son were both asleep at the time he entered the residence. Purdum said that St. Clair physically restrained her to keep her from getting to her cell phone to call for help and car keys, both of which were on the nightstand next to her bed. Purdum stated that St. Clair took her keys and phone and went to her car in the driveway. After a struggle with Purdum, St. Clair was able to unlock the car. He removed Purdum’s purse and after another struggle, removed her wallet from the purse which had cash in it and ran eastbound from the residence. Purdum was able to locate her cell phone and call 911.
St. Clair was located, still on foot, by deputies near the area of 160th Street and 540 Avenue. He was approximately one-half mile away from his car which was parked in a field entrance. Deputies located cash on the ground near the area that they first encountered St. Clair. Deputies also located a wallet belonging to Purdum buried under a mound of dirt.
St. Clair was taken into custody and transported to the Crawford County Jail. He was booked in on the following charges:
– Aggravated Burglary
– Possession of a Controlled Substance
– Violation of a Protection Order
– Criminal Restraint
– Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
– Criminal Damage
St. Clair’s bond is set at $25,000
Billie Purdum suffered minor injuries during the incident but declined medical treatment.
Blake K. St. Clair is presumed innocent unless and until the allegations against him are proved beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
The incident remains under investigation by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office.