2 charged in rape, home invasion on Thanksgiving night


by KMOV.com staff


Posted on November 25, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 23 at 10:43 PM

Natural Bridge and Goodfellow St. Louis, Mo

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Two 21-year-old men were charged Sunday in connection to a home invasion and rape in south St. Louis on Thanksgiving night.

Shawn Borders and Leland Hughes were charged with multiple counts of armed criminal action, forcible rape, sodomy, theft, kidnapping, robbery and resisting arrest.

Police say officers spotted a stolen 2012 Volkswagon Passat at Union Boulevard and Saint Louis Avenue around 10:30 p.m. Friday and attempted to stop the vehicle. The suspects fled from police, then crashed into another vehicle at Natural Bridge and Goodfellow. 

On Thursday night, Borders and Hughes allegedly forced their way into a home in the 3000 block of Chippewa. Police say the men then forced three victims onto the ground at gunpoint. Investigators say a television, laptop, printer, three cell phones and cash were taken from the victims. During the invasion, an 18-year-old woman was raped.

Officers say Borders and Hughes fled from police after the vehicle crashed, but were later captured and identified as suspects in the home invasion and rape. The three other suspects in the car were taken into custody without incident.

Narcotics and a firearm were also reportedly found in the vehicle following a police search.

The two men are each being held on a $250,000 cash bond.