Man arrested on suspicion of first-degree burglary, parental kidnapping

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 | 1:28 p.m. CDT; updated 5:04 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 29, 2014

COLUMBIA — A man was arrested Monday night after allegedly breaking into a residence on Godas Drive and taking a 7-month-old infant from the home, according to a Columbia Police Department news release.

Police officers determined that 30-year-old Marcus Terile Clark used a propane tank to break a window before entering the residence. As he entered, a female victim ran out of the home. Clark then took a 7-month-old infant from the home and drove away.

The female victim was the infant's mother and in a relationship with Clark, Columbia police spokeswoman Latisha Stroer said.

Police officers found Clark with the infant on Newton Drive. The child was unharmed.

Stroer said Clark was related to the infant, although she couldn't confirm that he was the father. Clark was arrested on suspicion of parental kidnapping with a bond of $4,500.

Clark was also arrested on suspicion of first-degree burglary, with a bond not yet set, and second-degree property damage, with a bond of $500.

He was previously arrested in 2013 and charged with third-degree domestic assault. Clark was sentenced to 105 days in the Boone County Jail for that offense, according to court records.

Supervising editor is Landon Woodroof.

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