ST. LOUIS — A driver for Lyft was accused Thursday in St. Louis of picking up a woman downtown, taking her for a ride and raping her.
Larry Donnell Ward, 53, of the 3300 block of Bay Tree Drive in St. Peters, was charged with first-degree rape and kidnapping.
, a former Lyft driver who lives in St. Peters, was charged with first-degree rape and kidnapping in December for allegedly assaulting a passenger. Photo provided by St. Peters police Larry Donnell Ward
Court documents say Ward picked up a woman on June 22 in the 1000 block of Clark Avenue, turned off his ride-share location software and deviated from the route to her requested destination.
Ward then entered the back seat and raped her while she was intoxicated, charges say. Test results from a rape kit confirmed the presence of Ward's DNA.
Bail for Ward was set at $100,000 cash.
A representative with the Circuit Attorney's Office said results of DNA tests on Ward came back this week, prompting prosecutors to file charges.
Lyft did not respond to a request for comment.
No lawyer for Ward was listed in court records.
Review some of the year's notable crimes
Some of the notable local crimes of 2019
Couple in Alabama killing 'executed' 3 people in Bethalto to steal getaway car, police say
Brady Kane Witcher, 41, and Brittany Nicole McMillan, 28, were each charged Dec. 21 in Madison County with nine counts of murder in the first degree in the deaths of Shari Yates, 59, her son Andrew Brooks, 30, and another man, John McMillian, 32. All three
were found dead late Thursday inside Yates’ home in the 300 block of Mill Street in Bethalto.
Husband charged with murder in wife's disappearance
Beau Rothwell reported his wife, Jennifer Rothwell, missing late Tuesday, Nov. 12. By Friday afternoon,
. Police said they found wet carpet soaked with bleach and large areas of blood in carpet and carpet padding in the couple's home north of Creve Coeur, and allege that Beau Rothwell bought cleaning supplies, including bleach and gloves, Monday, Nov. 11. he was charged with second-degree murder
Two brothers charged in road rage shooting of man in front of his children in St. Louis County
Joseph Marino, left, and Nicholas Marino are accused of taking part in the
road rage shooting of Scott Thomas, 46, in the 6000 block of South Lindbergh Boulevard. Thomas' children, 11, 9, 6 and 3 years old, were in the car at the time, but not injured.
Shoplifter at Menards uses getaway car to hit, critically injure worker outside St. Louis County store
A shoplifter working in tandem with children ran over a store employee who followed her onto the parking lot of a Menards in west St. Louis County on on Sept. 25, critically injuring the worker, police say. Debbie Regina Penn, 31, was later charged with first-degree robbery, armed criminal action, stealing and fourth-degree assault. The injured employee, Michelle Arthur, 49, is undergoing rehabilitation in a Colorado hospital that specializes in spinal cord and brain injury rehabilitation.
Shooting at Sasha's Wine Bar in Shaw neighborhood injures three
Police investigate a shooting inside Sasha's Wine Bar in the 4000 block of Shaw Boulevard on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019.
; a nurse who tried to help him said he was seriously injured. Two other victims, a man and a woman, had lesser injuries, police said. Photo by David Carson, Police said a man in his 30s was shot in the neck firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Louis City children dying of gun violence
More than a dozen children have been killed in gun violence in St. Louis City in 2019. CrimeStoppers offered increased rewards in four of the cases, all for children 10 or younger: Jurnee Thompson, 8; Kayden Johnson, 2; Kennedi Powell, 3; and Eddie Hill IV, 10. Children in this city have been killed at 10 times the national rate for decades, according to a Post-Dispatch analysis of FBI homicide data.
Mary Norwood, the grandmother of 7-year-old murder victim Xavier Usanga, addresses the crowd during a vigil at Herzog Elementary School for all the children killed in the St. Louis area in 2019 on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. Photo by David Carson, email@example.com
After firefighters rescue four children, parents are charged
was charged with four felony counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Crystal D. Ford, 27, of the 1300 block of Ohio Avenue, allegedly left her children, all under the age of 4, home alone. The children's father, Keith J. Witherspoon Jr. 33, The mother of four children who were rescued from a burning apartment . was also charged with four counts of child endangerment
St. Louis firefighter Josh Roth uses a resuscitator to revive a girl, one of four young children pulled from a burning apartment in the 1300 block of Ohio Avenue in the Lafayette Family apartments on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. Fire department spokesman Garon Mosby said one was in critical condition. Firefighters entered the unit while it was burning and found one child hiding in a closet and a couple in a play tent. Photo by Robert Cohen, firstname.lastname@example.org.
He stole $7.5 million from St. Louis Community College, then made millions investing it
, a longtime employee at St. Louis Community College, admitted to Donald Robison stealing millions. He agreed to forfeit $11 million to the state and the college. Jeff Pittman, chancellor of St. Louis Community College, said it would be difficult to estimate the value of what the job-training program lost.
Photo is from St. Louis Community College's Workforce Solutions Group website.
Pamela Hupp pleads guilty to the murder of Louis Gumpenberger
admitted in 2019 that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict her of fatally shooting a mentally disabled man in 2016 in what they say was her attempt to divert a reinvestigation of a 2011 murder. She was sentenced in August to life in prison. Pamela Hupp Photo by Christian Gooden, email@example.com
Investigator who worked on Greitens' criminal case indicted as part of perjury investigation
, 66, of Trussville, Ala., was indicted in June on six counts of perjury and one count of tampering with physical evidence. Tisaby has been under investigation by a special prosecutor who is looking into allegations that he lied during a March 2018 deposition in the lead-up to Greitens’ criminal trial. William Don Tisaby
St. Louis Sheriff's deputies escort former FBI agent William Don Tisaby, center, as he leaves at the Civil Courts building for a first court appearance on Monday, June 17, 2019. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, firstname.lastname@example.org
8th grade football phenom recently featured in Sports Illustrated is shot to death in Venice
, an eighth grader at Mason-Clark Middle School, who was featured in Sports Illustrated as one of six young athletes who would rule the future of sports, was shot to death at a party in May. Jaylon McKenzie
Thomas Maravel, 14, stands outside the room where the body of his friend Jaylon McKenzie lays in an open casket before his funeral at the Scottish Rite Masonic Bodies in Belleville on Saturday, May 18, 2019. "I've know him since 4th grade" said Thomas who is wearing a shirt with a picture of Jaylon on it. Photo by David Carson, email@example.com
Ladue officer charged with assault in 'reckless' shooting of shoplifting suspect at Schnucks
a Ladue police officer, was charged in May with second-degree assault after shooting an alleged shoplifting suspect outside a Schnucks store. Her attorney said she had meant to use her Taser but drew her gun instead. She resigned from the department. Julia Crews,
KMOX radio personality Harry Hamm charged with sex crimes, child porn possession
, a longtime KMOX-AM radio broadcaster and entertainment editor, was charged in April with child pornography possession and child sex abuse. Court documents say that Hamm had “deviate sexual intercourse” with a relative younger than 17. Harry Hamm
Harry Hamm at the 2014 St. Louis Theater Circle awards at COCA in University City Monday, March 17, 2014. Photo by Sid Hastings
Wife of Missouri KKK leader admits killing him, claims son didn't help with the murder
, of Leadwood, Mo., pleaded guilty in April to the 2017 murder of her husband, Ku Klux Klan leader Frank Ancona. Malissa Ancona
Police officer's killer sentenced to life without parole
to life in prison without parole, plus 27 more years, for the 2016 shooting of St. Louis County officer Blake Snyder. Trenton Forster was sentenced in April
Elizabeth Snyder, wife of slain St. Louis County Police Officer Blake Snyder, and Dick Snyder, Blake Snyder's father, react to the sentencing of Trenton Forster in St. Louis County Circuit Court on Thursday, April 18, 2019. Photo by Robert Cohen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Amazon driver shot in St. Charles by man accused of being angry over handicapped parking spot
, of St. Charles, was charged with assault in March after allegedly shooting an Amazon delivery driver in a dispute over a handicapped parking spot the driver had parked in outside a St. Charles Target store. Larry Thomlison
Man accused of wrapping dog in duct tape before throwing it out vehicle window in Jefferson County
, 39, of Barnhart was charged with felony animal abuse and armed criminal action. Authorities say Garcia wrapped electrical and duct tape around the dog’s mouth and legs before dumping it. Paul Garcia
Jimmy enjoys some wet food at dinner time on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, while Emma Haefner holds his dish at the Ivan Animal Hospital in House Springs, Mo. Photo by Colter Peterson, email@example.com
Kidnapper kills innocent motorist from North County in bi-state chase before dying in Illinois shootout
shot and kidnapped his girlfriend in Jefferson City, Mo., on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, then led police on a chase into Illinois, where he killed an innocent motorist before dying in a shootout with police. Leslie K. Austin
Priest found hiding in bushes outside St. Louis County woman's home charged with stalking, police say
, a teacher and priest at St. Louis Priory School, was charged Feb. 4, 2019 with stalking and resisting arrest. Police said he was found hiding in the bushes outside a female co-worker's home. Michael McCusker
St. Louis officers took turns firing revolver with 1 bullet at each other, charges in fatal shooting say
A police officer who shot and killed another officer was charged in January with involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action, both felonies.
, 29, is accused in the shooting of Officer Katlyn Alix, 24, while they were playing with a gun. Hendren was on duty at the time the shooting happened at his house while Alix was off duty. Officer Nathaniel R. Hendren
Suspended St. Louis Police officer Nathaniel Hendren (left) walks out of court in St. Louis with his lawyer Talmage Newton IV after pleading innocent on Monday, April 29, 2019. Photo by David Carson, firstname.lastname@example.org