Sean Adams charged for Kirkwood assault, rape

10:33 PM, Oct 7, 2010   |    comments
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Kirkwood, MO (KSDK) -- A Kirkwood woman was attacked in her home by a burglar overnight.

Detective Steve Urbeck, spokesman for the Kirkwood Police Department, said the attack happened around 2 a.m. Thursday morning. The suspect, armed with a knife, broke into a home on Harrison Avenue in Kirkwood.

Urbeck said authorities believe the attacker gained access to the victim's home by an unlocked door.

The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office has charged 19-year-old Sean Adams with first-degree burglary, first-degree assault, forcible rape and three counts of forcible sodomy.  Each charge is also accompanied by one count of armed criminal action.

Adams will be transferred to the St. Louis County Jail, where he'll be held on $1,000,000 bond.

Sources tell NewsChannel 5 that Adams is the son of the city's finance director.  Police would not comment on that but instead said they want people to know they believe they have the man responsible for the attack and that their streets will be safe.

Police say they were able to track Adams from the crime scene to his residence with the help of K-9 units.  He lives with his parents not far from the victims home.

Several neighbors describe Adams as a quite, polite young man whom they trusted to do work in and around their homes.

Adams is a 2010 graduate of Kirkwood High School where he played rugby and wrestled.

Neighbors say they saw him arrested in nothing but his underwear around 7:30 Thursday morning.  His parents, they believe, were not home at the time.





Investigators do not believe the victim knew her attacker.

A neighbor of Adams who asked not to be identified says she woke up to her dog barking sometime after midnight Thursday morning.  Later, she discovered her screen ripped out of her front storm door and part of her privacy fence damaged. 

She tells NewsChannel 5 police collected evidence and are attempting to determine if the two incidents are related.


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