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      St. Robert man charged with rape of 15-year-old girl

      A St. Robert man, charged with forcible rape of a 15-year-old girl, faces more charges after contacting her younger siblings and making threats in their presence. In mid-August, the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office learned of the rape, which occurred in a rural area near Crocker, Mo. The victim, who was interviewed at the end of the month, said the rape happened on July 26 near the Gasconade River south of Crocker. The 30-year-old man questioned by authorities denied the allegations, but was arrested after the interview and taken to the Pulaski County Jail. A statement of probable cause with a charges request was sent to the county prosecutor during the 24-hour hold. One count of forcible rape, an unclassified felony, was filed against Christopher Warren Howell of St. Robert, Mo. He was released when his bond, which was set at $100,000, was posted on September 4. Pulaski County and Crocker authorities investigated claims that Howell contacted the girl's younger sisters at the Crocker School on September 12 and made threats of harm and violence in their presence. A statement of probable cause was sent to the Pulaski County Prosecutor regarding this incident. The bond on Howell was revoked and a no bond warrant was issued on September 13. Pulaski County authorities searched for Howell beginning that evening. At about 1:30 p.m. on the 14th, deputies went to Howell's home, but he wouldn't answer the door. The deputies were sure Howell was there, so they waited for help to arrive. While the deputies were waiting, Howell went out a window and ran into the woods. A reserve deputy tracked Howell through the woods, following his trail toward the St. Robert Wal-Mart. At about this time, the Sheriffâ??s Office got a tip that Howell was inside Wal-Mart. Deputies and St. Robert City authorities immediately responded to the store and Howell was taken into custody by the St. Robert officials as he tried to leave. Howell was taken to the Pulaski County Jail and held on the no bond warrant. Additional charges are pending at this time.