UPDATE: Holts Summit man arrested, accused of rape

8 months 4 days 4 hours ago Friday, March 16 2018 Mar 16, 2018 Friday, March 16, 2018 5:25:00 PM CDT March 16, 2018 in Continuous News
By: Emily Hannemann, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA – Columbia police and Callaway County sheriff’s deputies worked together to arrest a man for sexual offense charges stemming from a CPD investigation.

Anthony Todd Rowell, 48, was taken into custody on March 14 at a house outside Holts Summit without incident, following officers’ surveillance. During that time, officers served a search warrant and collected a taser with a long strand of hair attached to the striking end, among other items.

Rowell was arrested for Felony Rape in the First Degree and Felony Kidnapping. He was transported to the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office, then released to Columbia Police Department for transport to Boone County Jail.

Rowell had previously been arrested by Columbia police for an attempted abduction on Jan. 25. During that incident he spoke to a woman, grabbed her hair, and pulled her toward his car window.

Rowell had also been arrested for an incident in November 2017. A woman who had been drinking with friends at Harpo's and Ten Below Bar said she didn't remember leaving the bar, but remembered being in a gold mini-van with a man yelling at her.

She said the man had tased her, used the taser to threaten her and held her head between her legs. The woman recalled two male subjects. She also said she was taken to another location where "bad things happened to her" and was later driven to another location and pushed out of the van. A DNA profile led investigators to Rowell.

Court documents indicated he works as an Uber driver.

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