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UPDATE: Suspect in attempted assaults commits suicide on I-70

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 | 9:16 a.m. CST; updated 8:03 p.m. CST, Wednesday, March 2, 2011

*CORRECTION: Boonville Police Capt. Don Smith said his department thinks the man responsible for the assault in Boonville may have also accosted a woman in the Sam's Club parking lot on Conley Road. An earlier version of this article incorrectly attributed the information.

COLUMBIA — A man who police think sexually assaulted one woman and attempted to sexually assault another woman Tuesday night — one in Columbia and another in Boonville — killed himself early Wednesday after being pulled over on Interstate 70 in Lafayette County, Boonville Police Capt. Don Smith said.

Police think Todd Rehkop of Lake St. Louis may have accosted a woman earlier in the Sam's Club parking lot on Conley Road, *Smith said.

None of these events are connected to a sexual assault reported outside of Laws Hall early Tuesday morning, according to police.

Here's the chronology police were developing Wednesday:

At about 7:35 p.m., a 57-year-old woman was unloading groceries in the Sam's Club parking lot when she was approached by a man who showed her a gun, Wieneke said. When she told him to leave, he smiled and walked away.

At 10:59 p.m., police received a call about a sexual assault at the Hy-Vee on Conley Road. An armed man approached a woman in the parking lot and ordered her to perform oral sex on him and remove her clothing, Wieneke said. Although she was naked, she was able to escape and run into the Hy-Vee for help.

Boonville Police received a report at 12:21 a.m. that a Pilot Travel Center employee was approached by a man asking for a shower room, and as she opened the shower room, he attempted to sexually assault her, Smith said.

"She was able to beg and plead with him, and finally he didn’t do anything to her.  He was going to, but he got very emotional and decided not to do anything to her and left," Smith said.

The woman was able to provide a description and license plate number of the man's truck. Lafayette County Sheriff's deputies pulled the truck over in Lafayette County. After stopping, the driver of the truck pulled forward 100 feet and fatally shot himself.

Smith didn't have information about whether the woman at the Pilot Travel Center  received any treatment for injuries.

Rehkop's next of kin were notified Wednesday morning.


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