ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - A man accused of kidnapping a 15-year-old girl pleaded guilty Wednesday, January 30.
Charles Smith, 27, pleaded guilty to attempted forcible rape, first-degree robbery, kidnapping, and three counts of armed criminal action.
Court documents state Smith grabbed a 15-year-old girl from behind as she walked to her bus stop just before 6 a.m. on February 6, 2012 in the 200 block of Koeln.
Authorities say Smith used a box-cutter to force her into the back seat of his car.
Smith drove to the intersection of Minnesota and Mott and demanded money from her before climbing into the back seat of the car and pulling off her shoes and pants.
The girl started to fight the man, and was able to get away after biting him. She suffered a scratch below her eye, a cut inside her mouth, a bruise on her thigh, and a chunk of her hair was pulled out.
Her cell phone, backpack, and clothing were taken by Smith.
The victim was able to flag down a driver on S. Broadway while wearing only a pullover, underwear, and one sock.
The driver drove the girl to her home where she called police.
Authorities were able to track the phone using her carrier's tracking system to the 8000 block of Van Buren.
When officers arrived at the location of the cell phone they found a car that matched the description the victim gave him. Authorities went into the building, a business, and determined Smith had driven the car and just clocked in at work.
The victim later identified Smith as the attacker.
Police were able to track down surveillance footage in which Smith's car was seen stopped at dumpsters in the area. In one dumpster the victim's pants and a sock were found. In a second dumpster her backpack and shoes were found. Her belt and the box cutter were found inside Smith's car.
Headphones the victim was wearing during the attack were found with Smith when the victim identified him.
An analysis also revealed the victim's DNA under one of Smith's fingernails and on the area the victim bit him.
Smith is scheduled to be sentenced April 25. He faces up to life in prison plus 10 years.