User Login    
 + Register
PDQ Cleaning
News : 80-Year Old Charged With Luring Girl To Car
Posted by Randy on 2014/5/28 4:43:23 (581 reads) News by the same author

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - An 80-year-old man faces a harassment charge in St. Louis County after police say he tried to lure a young girl and her mother into his car.
Click to see original Image in a new window

He has a history of this behavior, police say, and once admitted doing it as far back as the 1990s. He was given probation the last time.

Laurence A. Rhodes, of the 10600 block of Landseer Drive, was charged May 19 with one misdemeanor harassment and one felony harassment charge. Bail was set at $50,000.

St. Louis County Police Officer Brian Schellman said Rhodes approached the girl and mother on separate occasions in the 10000 block of Earl Drive.

According to court papers, Rhodes approached a 12-year-old girl in February. He asked the girl to get into his car and offered her candy. She became frightened, yelled and took off running.

The girl's mother spotted her running and took note of the vehicle, but she didn't call police.

Police say that Rhodes returned on March 13 and offered the mother a ride. She refused. According to police, Rhodes then leaned over toward the glove box and, in a stern voice, told her to get into the car.

Rhodes was back five days later, police say. He approached the mother in his car and said, "You gonna take this ride." She became frightened by the man's behavior and ran off, police say. She gave police a description of the stranger that led to his arrest.

Rhodes' first name is also spelled Lawrence in some court documents, but Schellman said his first name is spelled Laurence in the most recent arrest. Rhodes turned 80 this month.

Rhodes has been accused of this before. In 2007, Rhodes was charged with misdemeanor peace disturbance for allegedly trying to get a 19-year-old woman into his car near the corner of Duke and Empress drives in North County. The young woman resisted but got a license plate number, police say. During conversations with detectives after his 2007 arrest, Rhodes admitted similar activities going back at least 10 years, police said.

In 2008, Rhodes pleaded guilty of peace disturbance. He was put on probation for six months. Court records indicated it was his first offense. But police at the time said he was suspected in dozens of similar incidents over the previous decade.

In most cases, he tried to get teens into his car by offering a ride, police said. Several who accepted rides found themselves in conversations that revolved around sex, police said.

Schellman said police are unsure if there are any other victims at this time. If anyone has information about Rhodes, please call St. Louis County police at 314-889-2341.

Printer Friendly Page Send this Story to a Friend Create a PDF from the article

Other articles
2015/11/29 13:50:00 - Buchanan County Drug Strike Force Seize $445,000 In Meth Bust
2015/11/29 13:38:16 - Officers Shoot Suspect In DeKalb County On Highway 36
2015/11/28 19:39:28 - Police Suspect Father Beat 7-Year-Old Son, Fed His Body to Pigs
2015/11/27 6:40:00 - Minnesota Hunter Bags Unicorn Buck
2015/11/27 4:20:00 - Homeless Man Beaten Outside Gas Station In April Dies
2015/11/27 4:15:06 - What Happened When I Took My Spoiled Kid To A Homeless Shelter
2015/11/27 4:03:23 - Dentists Recount Strangest Things Found In Patients' Mouths
2015/11/27 4:00:00 - Planned Parenthood Considering All Legal Options To Continue Abortions At Columbia Clinic
2015/11/27 3:53:22 - November Firearms Deer Season Ends With Harvest Of 189,938
2015/11/25 14:20:00 - Police Seek Help Finding Grain Valley Fugitive
2015/11/25 12:30:05 - 11 Earthquakes Strike SE Missouri Overnight
2015/11/25 12:00:00 - Trenton Woman, Rescued In Monday Fire, Passes Away In Hospital
2015/11/25 11:14:43 - Mizzou Women Beat SIUE 75-46, Move to 5-0
2015/11/25 10:57:47 - Northwestern Holds Off Missouri 67-62 In CBE Classic
2015/11/25 10:50:00 - Lady Bulldogs Ride Richman's 22 Points To First Win Of Season
2015/11/25 10:36:32 - Gilman City Girls Open With Road Win Against Osborn
2015/11/25 10:26:54 - Chillicothe Routs Penney In Girls Season Opener
2015/11/25 10:20:00 - Princeton Splits Season Openers At North Harrison
2015/11/25 9:30:00 - Trenton Goes Overtime In Season-Opening Win Over East Buchanan
2015/11/25 8:56:26 - Mizzou Facing Image Crisis After Racial Issues, Upheaval
2015/11/25 8:26:05 - Two Charged With Murder After Man Found Dead Near Branson
2015/11/25 7:35:35 - North Central Missouri College Board of Trustees Meeting Report
2015/11/25 6:38:42 - Cameron Regional Medical Center Announces Awards Scholarships
2015/11/25 6:29:52 - 37th Annual Eagle Days at Squaw Creek Refuge To Be Held Dec. 5 & 6
2015/11/25 6:10:00 - Grundy County To Receive New Voting Equipment
2015/11/25 5:46:26 - Woman Identified In Monday Fire
2015/11/25 5:37:58 - Two Teens Injured, One Arrested In Accident Near Milan
2015/11/25 4:21:31 - Authorities Identify Victims, Alleged Shooter In Moberly Area Murder-Suicide
2015/11/25 4:18:02 - Grandfather Who Let 8-Year-Old Drive In Fatal Crash Had DUI, Drug History
2015/11/25 4:08:39 - A Rainy Thanksgiving And Potentially Slick Black Friday Morning For Missouri

Bookmark this article at these sites


Listen to KTTN-FM