Man charged after woman held captive 3 months, sexually abused

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Clifton A. Wilkes, 35

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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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