Neighbors upset police withheld info on violent rape in south St. Louis

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by Maggie Crane / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on November 20, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 21 at 11:48 AM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- A woman was held at knifepoint and raped inside her own apartment in south St. Louis.

St. Louis Metropolitan Police knew who the suspect was, but they held off on telling neighbors about the crime.

“I would just like them to be more transparent, because that truly is a fear, a legitimate fear for us,” Jina DuBose said.

Police say they wanted to find the suspected rapist before he could hurt someone else after a 50-year-old woman endured a night of terror inside her own home.

Police built a case against the man, who was arrested for rape, assault, armed criminal action and kidnapping.  Police say they only wanted to alert the public only if they needed help finding the man. 

“It was just around here? And police haven’t said anything?” DuBose questioned.

Neighbors were unnerved to hear about a violent attack on their block.  A woman called police Monday morning after a terrifying night as a prisoner inside her own home on Nebraska near Arsenal in South St. Louis.  Detectives say a man pulled a knife when the woman asked him to leave. They say he threatened to kill her, then raped her.

The victim knew her attacker, but police won’t say how, or give any information on the man other than his age, height and build.

“If you hadn’t came up and told us the situation, we would have no clue,” Myesha Brown, DuBose’s roommate, said.

“And there are so many ways people could break in this house, so that’s really frightening,” DuBose continued.

“You know, you should always find comfort in your home and you should always feel like you’re safe, but then to even know that someone on this block has done something that’s just ridiculous,” Brown said.

The 50-year-old suspect was in custody Tuesday night, and police plan to apply for warrants Wednesday morning.  News 4 will continue to track the investigation.

 

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