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Man sentenced for kidnapping and robbing couple at gunpoint
March 16, 2015

J.K. can’t remove the thought of her husband on the ground, a cocked revolver pointed at his head.


The robbery at the couple’s florist shop forced them to sell the business that’s been open in St. Louis for 140 years.


Now, Travis Murphy has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for kidnapping and robbing the couple at gunpoint.


In April of 2014, Travis Murphy walked into the store just behind T.K., one of the store’s owners. Murphy drew a gun and told T.K. to get on the ground facedown. Another armed man came into the store.


One of the men went through T.K.’s pockets, taking an iPhone, car keys and a wallet. Murphy moved upstairs to the loft where T.K.’s wife, J.K., was hiding.


Gun in hand, he gestured for her to get up and demanded money. She ultimately gave him $200 in petty cash.


Murphy then ordered J.K. to lie on the ground next to her husband.


The two men eventually ran out the rear door.


Several days earlier, the couple had noticed Murphy casing the business and watching them. T.K. noticed a distinctive tattoo on Murphy’s hand and drew it for the detective. Murphy was arrested the next month for a burglary at a nearby business—the tattoo on his hand matching that in the drawing.


Murphy was no stranger to law enforcement, having been convicted on drug, burglary, stealing and tampering charges.


“Instead of realizing that crime doesn’t pay, he escalated his behavior to this horrendous crime,” Assistant Circuit Attorney Natalie Warner wrote in court documents. “The defendant planned and executed this invasion of a business during working hours and terrorized these victims for nothing more than two I-phones and a little bit of cash.”


In February of this year, Murphy pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree robbery, two counts of kidnapping and four counts of armed criminal action for his crimes.


The State recommended Murphy serve 30 years in prison for his crime. Last week, he was sentenced to a total of 20 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. 

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