Man charged after woman held captive 3 months, sexually abused

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A St. Louis man has been charged for holding a woman captive in his apartment for three months and repeatedly sexually abusing her. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Clifton Wilkes, 35, has been charged with with sodomy, two counts of kidnapping, two counts of rape, four counts of felony assault, seven counts of misdemeanor assault and two counts of animal abuse.

The 27-year-old woman told police that she went to Wilkes' apartment on the 4900 block of Winona Avenue on October 15th. She woke up the next morning in his bedroom with no pants on. The door to the bedroom was locked.

She says she spent the next three months being raped, choked, and punched. She was beaten with a mop handle and punched so hard she lost a tooth. He would follow her around the apartment to make sure she would not run and locked her into the place with a padlock.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the victim made an escape attempt on Wednesday. She ran to a home for help. But, Wilkes broke in and carried her back to his apartment.

Police believe that Wilkes and the victim were in a relationship prior to the captivity. Wilkes was jailed Friday on a $500,000 cash bail.

More details will be posted as this story develops.

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Probable Cause Statement


  • Robin

    Well he is a friend of mine and I have been to his apartment several times since October 15th and he WAS NOT holding anyone against their will. Funny how his girlfriends(the girl he SUPPOSEDLY held hostage) mom works for the St Louscity Civil Courts and heas been by the apt to bring her heroin addicted daughter money and take her to the doctor. his gf ran to my apt the 29th of january and he never kidnapped her from my house she left with him willingingly. Funny how the story changes when the white girls family finds out she is with a black guy and addicted to heroin. As far as the puppy being abused. Ive been raising the puppy for the past few months but he took her home a couple days before this happened. Clifton is a sweet guy who will do anything for anyone. he just needs to be on his meds which his city caseworker is supposed to monitor. she also the caseowrker visits his home every month. Not one cop or detective has interviewd me yet Im in the probable cause statement. They shouldnt air a story without knowing all the facts and interviewing people

  • Robin

    im not saying they didnt fight bc they did yes she ran to my apt the night he beat her but she WAS NOT held captive. she came to my apt several times to use my phone without him she would leave and go with her mom too and always came back. i have talked to her mom and evven cliftons family (he even had a cousin living w him at his place up until the end of october and he has a city caseworker who visits his home once a month bc he has a mental illness) but all im saying is he didnt kidnap her nor hold her hostage and there are several witnesses who can verify that but yes they did fight and she was hurt but she left several times sometimes even a week at a time but always came bk

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