2 charged with kidnapping cancer patient from St. Louis County hotel

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on November 7, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 7 at 8:06 PM

(KMOV.com) – Authorities have filed charges against two suspects accused of kidnapping a man with cancer from his hotel room in Bridgeton.

Marcus Pratt-Pegues, 24, and Eunique Cooper, 21, were each charged Thursday with kidnapping and first-degree burglary.

According to authorities, the suspects kidnapped Thomas M. Nedich, 63, from his room at America’s Best Value Inn at 3655 Pennridge Dr. around 1:30 p.m. Monday.

Authorities say Pratt-Pegues threw a chair through the window and demanded money from Nedich, who suffers from brain cancer and cannot walk.

Nedich refused and the suspects took him from the room, according to court documents. The suspects kept him overnight and took him to the bank the next day.

Details as to what happened next have not been released. It was not known if Nedich ever gave them money.

Nedich was found safe Wednesday morning, though police haven’t said where he was located. It was not known if there was a relationship between Nedich and the alleged kidnappers.

 

Pratt-Pegues and Cooper are in the St. Louis County Justice Center on a $200,000 bond.

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