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Suspects lured man to woods, robbed him, police say

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Jared Pinkley & Nathan Meurer allegedly lured a man to the woods and robbed him in Wentzville on April 20 (Credit: Wentzville Police) Jared Pinkley & Nathan Meurer allegedly lured a man to the woods and robbed him in Wentzville on April 20 (Credit: Wentzville Police)

WENTZVILLE, Mo. ( – Three people are in custody after they reportedly confessed to luring a man to woods in Wentzville and robbing him.

Police in Wentzville arrested Jared Pinkley and Nathan Meurer, both 17, and a juvenile after they allegedly came up with a plan to lure a man to the woods on April 20. The plan was allegedly created after the victim unblocked the juvenile on Snapchat and reached out. The juvenile reportedly told her boyfriend, Meurer, and their mutual friend, Pinkley, that the man who they were going to lure was someone she had a sexual encounter with, during which she felt raped.

The juvenile reportedly lured the man to the woods by first telling him she was sorry for accusing him and causing grief. Court records state the juvenile told him she wanted to meet up with him to discuss the incident and have another sexual encounter.

Pinkley then went to the victim’s home, picked him up and took him to the area of Heritage Elementary in Wentzville, where he dropped him off to the waiting juvenile. The juvenile and victim then walked to a predetermined wooded area behind Holt High School, where Meurer and Pinkley had reportedly set up blankets and lawn chairs for them. According to police, the two male suspects were hiding nearby when the victim arrived.

When the victim sat down in the chair, the juvenile got up and pretended she had received a call from her dad. When the juvenile got up, the victim said he heard someone in the woods and saw a man in all black, later identified as Meurer, behind him. As he was watching Meurer, the victim said he saw Pinkley, who was wearing all black, a ski mask and white bandana, coming from the woods in front of him.

According to court documents, Meurer began choking the victim and Pinkley used a chain to bind the victim’s arms and wrist. The victim said the chain was not very tight so he was able to shake it off. The victim told police Pinkley then placed what he described as a 9mm handgun to the side of his head and then his chest. With the gun pressed against him, Pinkley asked the victim if he knew what this was about, at which time he asked for a hint and the suspects said the juvenile’s name.

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When the juvenile returned to the area, Pinkley pointed the gun towards her and told her to leave, court documents state.

The victim told the suspects that the sexual encounter was consensual. The suspects told the victim there was a bounty on his head for raping the juvenile. The victim then pleaded with the suspects not to hurt him and rob him instead, at which time Pinkley allegedly punched him in the face. The suspects then took $61 from the victim’s wallet and let him leave the area.

Police later found the vehicle that was described by the victim at the juvenile’s residence. When police approached the residence they found Pinkley and Meurer inside the home with the juvenile. Pinkley also reported to police that he was the owner of the vehicle.  

While executing a search warrant on April 22, police found the firearm described the victim, determined later to be a BB gun, cell phones and a bed sheet that matched the one left at the crime scene. They also found clothing used during the commission of the crime, including a white bandana, burned in a drainage area near the juvenile’s home.

When they were interviewed by police, the three suspects reportedly made full confessions.

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