UPDATED: Comic book shop owner accused of statutory rape in standoff with police

11:02 PM, Oct 28, 2010   |    comments
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St. Louis (KSDK) -- A comic book shop owner accused of statutory rape held St. Louis police at bay for hours Thursday night before being taken into custody.

Police said the man's name is Kenneth McClure, 57.  McClure was wanted on charges of first degree statutory rape, unlawful use of a weapon, and third degree assault.  He is being held on $75,00 bond.

St. Louis police spokesperson Erica Van Ross said that around 5:20 p.m., officers responded to Legends Comics and Sports Cards in the 5800 block of Hampton to take McClure into custody. 

Several officers went inside the store, but before they could apprehend him inside, he drew a gun.  The officers were able to take cover and radio for backup, which trigged the standoff.

St. Louis standoff - PHOTOS 

The Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) was requested and a negotiator was requested as well. Around 6:35pm or so, responding officers were able to get the officers who were inside the location with McClure out safely.

The 5800 block of Hampton was closed in both directions while the standoff was happening.



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