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Police: Man in custody after breaking into home, holding woman hostage for 3 hours

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The staging area while police were on the scene of a hostage situation in St. Charles (Credit: Alexis Zotos / News 4) The staging area while police were on the scene of a hostage situation in St. Charles (Credit: Alexis Zotos / News 4)

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A suspect is in custody after a hostage situation in St. Charles Monday morning.

Aaron Stevens, 36, has been charged with first-degree burglary, sodomy, and first-degree kidnapping after he allegedly held a 36-year-old woman hostage inside her home. 

Around 1 a.m. Monday, officers of the St. Charles Police Department responded to the 2400 block of Westminster for a burglary where the suspect entered the residence through a doggy-door.  Police say a black GMC pick-up truck was taken, and using GPS tracking the stolen truck was located about an hour later, at an apartment complex in St. Peters near Missouri Highway 94 and Heritage Crossing.

A woman was in the passenger seat of the truck when police located the vehicle. Police say Stevens first assaulted a victim in a home in the 2400 block of West Adams earlier that evening. He then forced her to leave with him and walked to the place where he stole the pick-up truck. 

The victim said he was driving under the influence of alcohol, prescription pills, and Methamphetamine. She said she was in fear for herself and her children if she left the stolen truck and did not do what Stevens said.

Around 5:10 a.m. officers received a report of shots fired in the 2800 block of Wilshire Valley. Police discovered the shots fired were related to a burglary. 

Thirty minutes later, an officer found Stevens walking in the area of Hackman and Executive Dr. and led police on a foot chase. 

Stevens ran into an open attached garage in the 2600 block of McClay and within the home was a couple with their children and three of the children's friends. Stevens took a second victim, a 36-year-old woman, hostage in a bedroom where he barricaded himself and told police he was armed. 

That victim told police Stevens held a knife to her throat while holding her hostage. 

Stevens is also charged with sexually assaulting the victim. 

Officers evacuated the rest of the family and friends safely and set up a perimeter.

The St. Charles County Regional SWAT team responded.  Hostage negotiators spoke with Stevens and after more than three hours, Stevens surrendered. No gun was found.

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