Skip to Content

Holts Summit man faces new sex crime charges

A Holts Summit man already accused of rape, kidnapping and attempted kidnapping in two incidents is now charged with sodomy and kidnapping in a third.

Boone County prosecutors charged Anthony Todd Rowell, 49, last week with first-degree sodomy and first-degree kidnapping in connection with an incident in Ashland in December 2017. Rowell is accused of impersonating a police officer and forcing a woman who had run out of gas on Highway 63 to perform oral sex on him, according to a probable cause statement filed in his newest case.

Investigators matched a fingerprint found on the vehicle to Rowell, the statement said. The woman in June identified Rowell in a lineup, saying she was “70 percent sure” he was responsible for her assault, the documents say. Investigators learned Rowell was a suspect in two other incidents in Columbia and searched his home, finding a baton, law enforcement duty belt and other items associated with law enforcement officers, according to the statement.

Investigators also said Rowell had been a corrections officer, “where he likely had uniforms and equipment similar to those worm by police officers.”

Rowell was charged in January 2018 with second-degree kidnapping in connection with an incident in which a woman said she was walking in central Columbia and a man in a van grabbed her hair and pulled her toward the driver’s side window. He was also charged in March 2018 with allegedly raping a woman who said she had no memory of leaving a bar and woke up in a minivan being yelled at by a white man who used a stun gun on her.

He had been driving for Uber at the time of his initial arrest in January 2018.

Rowell was booked Wednesday on a $500,000 bond on the new charges, online jail records show. He remained in the Boone County Jail on Thursday morning. Arraignment was set for Thursday afternoon.

Sign up for email news alerts by clicking here

Article Topic Follows: News

Jump to comments ↓

ABC 17 News Team


ABC 17 News is committed to providing a forum for civil and constructive conversation.

Please keep your comments respectful and relevant. You can review our Community Guidelines by clicking here

If you would like to share a story idea, please submit it here.

Skip to content