"You know what this is."
Those are the chilling words Chad Jones said to his 17-year-old victim, as he displayed a weapon, took her belongings and felt under her clothes for money.
Now, Jones has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for traumatizing the teen.
Back in August of 2014, the teenager was walking north in the 1000 block of South Taylor. The defendant robbed her with a shank-type object. Then, the victim trailed behind, pleading for her purse. The defendant grabbed his waistband and threatened to kill her and other children nearby.
A police officer was patrolling the neighborhood when he saw the defendant running across the street in front of his patrol car. Immediately after, he heard the broadcast for the hold-up. The officer detained Jones and located some of the victim's belongings. Her purse was found nearby.
Jones is no stranger to the law, having been found guilty of burglary and weapons charges in the past.
"The defendant has demonstrated repeatedly that he is a dangerous and violent offender," wrote Assistant Circuit Attorney Madeline Connolly.
ACA Connolly recommended that Jones serve 20 years in prison.
A judge accepted that recommendation and sentenced Jones to 20 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.