Cedar Rapids man charged in 2009 rape case in Missouri

Charge stems from incident near Missouri State University campus in Springfield

Charlie K. West Jr.
Charlie K. West Jr.

Police arrested a Cedar Rapids man Wednesday who was wanted in connection with a 2009 rape in Springfield, Mo.

Charlie K. West, Jr., 28, of 941 M St. SW, No. 1, was charged Tuesday with forcible rape, forcible sodomy and kidnapping, according to court documents filed in Missouri. He was taken into custody around 5 p.m. Wednesday at his residence in Cedar Rapids.

West is accused of approaching a woman from behind around 3:20 a.m. on June 15, 2009 as she was walking near the Missouri State University campus. The woman told police the man asked her if he could come back to her house. When she refused, the man grabbed the victim around the neck and said "Shut the (expletive) up or I will kill you," according to court documents.

The woman was dragged to a yard where the suspect forced her to perform oral sex and raped her, according to the probable cause statement from police.

When the suspect ran away, the victim started going door-to-door, and was eventually able to get help.

DNA evidence was collected from the victim after the incident that links West to the crime, according to court documents.

Cedar Rapids police executed search warrants on Feb. 17 at West's residence, and obtained a DNA sample from him, according to court documents. During an interview with an investigator, West admitted he lived in Springfield, Mo. in June 2009, but denied involvement in the rape.West remained in the Linn County Jail on Thursday. His bond was to be set during an initial court appearance this morning. If convicted, West faces three possible life sentences.

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