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Man accused of kidnapping special-needs teen, committing intercourse crimes

57-year-old from St. Louis charged with taking away an 18-year-old man

ST. LOUIS – A 57-year-old man was arrested by the St. Louis Metro Police on charges of abducting an 18-year-old man with special needs.

Investigators found that Thursday night suspect Jerome Anderson of St. Louis took the victim off the 5600 block of Martin Luther King to Velda City and took him to Velda City, where Anderson allegedly sexually abused the teenager.

James was taken into custody near Goodfellow Boulevard and Natural Bridge Avenue by SLPD officials on Friday.

The prosecutor has issued a warrant for arrest for first degree kidnapping. Velda City authorities are responsible for any sexual assault charges against Anderson.

St. Louis police responded Thursday to a sexual assault call at Block 5300 on Cote Brilliante Avenue in Kingsway West.