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Grocery delivery man crawls through Maplewood woman's window in sex-assault attempt

Grocery delivery man crawls through Maplewood woman's window in sex-assault attempt

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MAPLEWOOD — A courier who delivered groceries to a Maplewood woman returned in the middle of the night, crawled through her bathroom window and startled her awake, demanding sex, authorities said.

The woman screamed when she was awakened about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday and the man fled. The woman was not physically injured, police said.

St. Louis County prosecutors later Wednesday charged Anthony Thomas, 22, with first-degree burglary. Thomas, of the 6100 block of Louisiana Avenue in St. Louis, was being held in the St. Louis County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.

Court records don’t list an attorney representing Thomas.

Anthony Thomas

Anthony Thomas was charged with first-degree burglary after he allegedly crawled through a woman's bedroom window hours after delivering groceries to her home.

Charges say the burglary was an effort to sexually assault the woman.

It happened in the 2500 block of Gerhard Avenue at the home of the 29-year-old woman. She had fallen asleep on her couch and woke to him calling her by name. Police said that he used crude language in demanding sex.

After the intruder ran away, the woman called police. She told officers that she recognized the man as the one who had delivered groceries to her hours earlier, Maplewood police Chief Steve Kruse said.

He had delivered the groceries about 4 p.m. Tuesday, then returned about 7 p.m. with an item he told her he had forgotten to deliver, police said. The chief said he thinks that second trip was a ruse so he could see if she had a husband or boyfriend at home.

Detectives got his name from the grocery-delivery service and put his photo among other photos in a lineup. The victim identified the intruder through the lineup, police said.

Maplewood police Detective John DeBisschop said in court documents that Thomas confessed to sneaking into her home through the bathroom window because he wanted to have sex with her, according to a probable cause statement.

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