Investigators: Missouri man posed as officer before assaulting woman


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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – Investigators allege a central Missouri man already facing rape and kidnapping charges posed as a law enforcement officer to force a woman to perform a sex act.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports 49-year-old Anthony Rowell, of Holts Summit, was arrested Wednesday on warrants for first-degree kidnapping and first-degree sodomy. Bond was set at $500,000.

Missouri State Highway Patrol investigators wrote in charging documents that Rowell posed as a police officer while offering to help a woman whose car stalled in December 2017. The woman told investigators the man said he suspected her of using marijuana and driving drunk but implied he would let her go if she performed the sex act.

Rowell has been in custody since March 2018 on charges in two other assault-related cases.

Rowell’s attorney, Shane Farrow, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune

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