ST. LOUIS • A man who broke into a Central West End home, raped a woman and threatened to kill her, was linked to the crime through DNA evidence, according to court records.
He was arrested Friday at his workplace, at a building next door to the victim's home, police say.
Jared Hurst, 26, of the 8700 block of College Avenue, was charged Saturday with two counts of rape, kidnapping, sodomy, burglary and theft. He was held without bail.
Court documents available Monday say Hurst entered the woman's home on North Boyle Avenue through a window before 2 a.m. on Sept. 10. The victim told police she awoke to find a stranger on top of her. The man raped her and threatened to kill her when she screamed, according to court documents. He later held a pillow over her face to prevent her from screaming, and the victim had trouble breathing.
Before leaving he threatened to kill her if she left the bedroom, and he took her cellphone, police say. The woman used a computer to send an email summoning help.
DNA at the scene identified Hurst as a suspect, according to court records.
Court records say Hurst has a criminal history including assault, domestic assault, assault on a correctional officer and sexual misconduct.