A Bonne Terre man has been charged with two felonies for allegedly raping and stabbing a woman on Dec. 16 in Crystal City, according to court records.
Sheldon S. Reynolds, 32, was charged the next day with one count of first-degree rape or attempted rape and one count of armed criminal action, both unclassified felonies.
He was being held today (Jan. 5) without bond at the Jefferson County Jail.
At 4:15 p.m. Dec. 16, officers responded to a report about an injured woman near Airport Road and Calvary Church Road.
The victim, a 25-year-old Florissant woman, was bleeding from the arm and told officers Reynolds had assaulted and raped her in a vacant house on Airport Road. She also had lacerations on her right hand and a small puncture wound on the left side of her chest, the probable-cause statement in the case said.
The victim was taken by Joachim-Plattin Ambulance to Mercy Hospital Jefferson in Crystal City.
Later, the victim told investigators that beginning in late November, she had been in contact with Reynolds through a phone texting application, and he repeatedly offered to pay her for sex. The woman said that after he raised his offer from $300 to $450, the two agreed to meet outside Mercy Hospital Jefferson and once she arrived, she contacted Reynolds and he gave her the address for the nearby vacant house, and she went there, according to the report.
The woman said the door to the house open, and she went inside and encountered Reynolds, who allegedly “rushed her, throwing her to the ground near the northeast corner of the living room.” She said she struggled with Reynolds and pleaded for her life, and he allegedly struck her on the left side of her face, the report said.
After that, Reynolds got scissors from his pants pocket and allegedly attacked her with them. The victim said she grabbed at the scissors to block him from stabbing her, but her right wrist was cut, according to the report.
She said Reynolds repeatedly said he was going to kill her and tried to stab her in the neck, but she used her arm to block him. He then allegedly choked her until she “almost lost consciousness,” the report said.
The woman said Reynolds then held the scissors to her neck and raped her. She said afterwards, Reynolds told her to “get out,” and she left, according to the report.
Crystal City Police reported that a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper spotted Reynolds walking in the area and police searched for him but could not find him at that time. However, Reynolds was arrested Dec. 17 in Jefferson County and charged the same day.
Crystal City Police Chief Chad Helms thanked the Highway Patrol, Festus Police and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office for their help to take Reynolds into custody.
If convicted, Reynolds faces a minimum of five years in prison for the rape charge and a minimum of three years in prison for the armed criminal action charge.