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Columbia man arrested after 6-hour standoff charged with rape, kidnapping

Thursday, March 6, 2014 | 9:43 p.m. CST; updated 1:40 a.m. CST, Friday, March 7, 2014

COLUMBIA — A Columbia man arrested after a six-hour standoff with police Wednesday has been charged with kidnapping and rape.

Scott Peoples, 39, is accused of taking his ex-girlfriend to a Miller County residence and assaulting her.

Cole County deputies were dispatched about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday to the Eagle Stop, a gas station in Eugene, Mo., where the woman had gone to seek help. Police then went to the residence where she said he had taken her, and after a six-hour standoff, Peoples surrendered to police.

The probable-cause statement submitted to the Miller County Circuit Court gives the following account:

Peoples' ex-girlfriend said he woke her around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.

She said he then assaulted, sodomized and raped her, restrained her with duct tape, and loaded her into the backseat of her car.

He told her he was taking her to a cabin near Warsaw, Mo., but instead he took her to 12 Atchinson Road in Miller County. When they arrived, he tied her up and raped her again while threatening her.

He told her he had planned this and had originally also planned to kill her father. He told her he planned to kill himself.

At one point, he let her use the bathroom. When she returned, he agreed to let her go and asked her if she could see well enough to drive. He backed her car out of the garage and turned it toward the road.

She then drove her car to the Eagle Stop, where she requested help from the workers.

Police engaged Peoples, who had barricaded himself inside the house, for about six hours.

Peoples was charged Wednesday in Boone County with one count of felony second-degree domestic assault, one count of felony kidnapping and one count of felony forcible sodomy. In Miller County, Peoples was charged Thursday with three counts of felony first-degree sodomy, one count of felony kidnapping and one count of felony first-degree rape.

As of Thursday evening, Peoples was being held in Miller County Jail. Bond was set at $600,000 cash.

Supervising editor is Adam Aton.


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