MEHLVILLE, MO (KPLR)-A child was reportedly sexually assaulted Saturday and St. Louis County Police need your held to identify the suspect. At 12:48pm Saturday, police received a call from a mother who was driving her 11-year-old daughter to a hospital after she said she had been sexually assaulted inside her home in the Mehlville area.
Detectives from the Crimes Against Persons division responded and met with medical staff at the hospital. They also spoke with three children, the 11-year-old victim and her two siblings.
The victim told police she first saw an unknown black male inside the Shop N Save grocery store in the 1000 block of Lemay Ferry Road around 3:30pm Friday. She said she felt very uncomfortable because the man tried to brush up against her while walking around the store. The girl saw the man again in the parking lot while leaving with her mother. He was in a small black two-door vehicle. She saw the man in the same car driving around her neighborhood several times after the pair had arrived home. The victim also described the suspect’s clothing.
Somewhere between 1:00 and 2:00am Saturday, the victim said was awoken by the same black male she saw at the grocery store. All three children were sleeping in the same room and said the suspect threatened to kill them if they did not remain quiet. He then sexually assaulted the 11-year-old victim.
The victim told police the three children were scared the suspect was still in the house and feared for their lives. They didn't say anything about the attack until they left home to get something to eat Saturday. All three children told their mother what had happened. She immediately dialed 911 while driving to the hospital.
Detectives, the Crime Scene unit, and the Forensic Unit went to the victim’s home to investigate. They also obtained surveillance video from the Shop N Save showing a black male in clothes matching the victim's description both inside the store and getting into a small black car on the parking lot. That car then followed the victim’s mother’s car out of the parking lot.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the St. Louis County Police or Crimestoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS (8477).