ST. PETERS, Mo. (KSDK) - The St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney's Office charged a 48-year-old St. Peters man Friday for the alleged rape of his ex-wife.
According to Officer Melissa Doss, a spokeswoman for the St. Peters Police Department, the incident took place in the early morning hours of Wednesday, August 7. The victim contacted police saying she'd been sexually attacked by her ex-husband in her home.
When police arrived at the scene, the suspect, identified as Robert Daniel, fled the scene. The victim told police Daniel had recently become homeless and she was allowing him to stay in the basement for the last few days.
Doss said the victim went on to explain that Daniel woke her up around 3 a.m. threatening to rape her and then commit suicide. The victim said she was raped several times over the next three hours. When she attempted to fight Daniel off, the victim said he became angrier during this time and began strangling her.
The victim had non-life threatening injuries but was taken to a local hospital for evaluation, Doss said.
After the department was alerted to the incident, police received information approximately eight hours later that Robert Daniel was in the O'Fallon area on a parking lot off of Highway K and Mexico Road. Police found Daniel inside his car on the parking lot and ordered him out of the vehicle.
Daniel refused to exit his car and sped off, Doss said. Police pursed Daniel into a nearby residential neighborhood and requested the assistance of a police helicopter.
The suspect drove onto a "no outlet" street, turned around sped towards an unmarked detective's vehicle, striking it head-on. Robert Daniel was taken into police custody without further incident. The detective received non-life threatening injuries and was released back to duty.
Robert Daniel was charged with forcible rape, first-degree assault, assault on a law enforcement officer and stealing a credit card. He remains jailed on a $150,000 bond.
Daniel has an extensive criminal history, including arrests for sexual assault, delivery and possession of a controlled substance, passing bad checks, unlawful use of a weapon and domestic assault. He's also a registered sex offender in Missouri.