WENTZVILLE, Mo. (KSDK) - A 20 year old Wentzville man with a history of erratic and violent behavior has been arrested and charged with felony child kidnapping.
St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar said John Calvin Perry III attempted to snatch a seven-year old girl from her front porch Sunday afternoon in the Stone Meadows subdivision.
"Literally snatched one of the seven-year-old girls. Our information is there were a few neighbors outside just as it unfolded, and they chased after the suspect and they kept him at bay until the authorities arrived," Lohmar said.
Several people who live near the location of the alleged kidnapping declined on-camera interviews, but described erratic behavior by Perry. A woman who lives near Perry said she spoke to Perry's mother who says her son has schizophrenia.
Perry lives with his family in the 100 block of Hockman Drive. An unidentified woman was inside Perry's home when a reporter knocked but she refused to come to the door. Neighbors said Perry lived with his mother and sister.
The prosecuting attorney said Perry told police he hears voices, often a symptom of severe mental illness.
"The fact that this sort of thing takes place definitely causes you to question someone's mental state at the time they would allegedly do something like this," Lohmar said.
Perry was released from jail just 10 days ago. On July 30, authorities arrested Perry and charged him with misdemeanor domestic violence for choking his sister several times at their home. Perry is being held on $200,000 cash only bond at St. Charles County Jail. If convicted of felony child kidnapping, Perry faces a sentence of 10 to 30 years in prison.