Police: Local teen fights off home invaders, prevents child from being kidnapped


by Brian Feldman / News 4 and KMOV.com staff


Posted on May 1, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 2 at 6:33 AM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – A man and woman are in custody after police say a teenage boy fought them off while they tried to take the woman’s child from a family member’s house in St. Charles on Friday.

Jennifer Temm, 34, and Matthew Wakeman, 26, were charged Saturday with accessory to burglary. Police said another man, Andrew Wilson, will face charges once released from the hospital.

According to court documents, Temm, an active heroine user, asked Wilson and Wakeman to help get her 5-year-old daughter from a relative’s home.

According to 15-year-old Terrance Ware, Wakeman and Wilson broke into Ware’s house through the back door and went after his mother while Temm waited inside the car. When Ware got in the way, he said Wilson punched him in the face.

“They already said they were going come over here, do stuff, they were going to take people out or kill ‘em,” Ware recalled.

That’s when Ware got a fire poker and hit Wilson in the head repeatedly, causing massive bleeding. The two men then ran away with Temm.

“I don’t like hurting people, but if it comes down to the point that I have to, I’ll do anything to protect my mom,” Ware said.

Wilson is currently being treated at Mercy Medical Center and will be charged once released, according to police.

Bond has been set at $75,000 each for Temm and Wakeman.