Illinois man arrested for alleged kidnapping, sexual assault

BEARDSTOWN - Morgan County authorities say a central Illinois man has been arrested for allegedly kidnapping a elderly woman from her home and sexually assaulting her.

Authorities say the 49-year-old man and woman, who is in her 80's, knew each other before this alleged incident.  The man is facing preliminary charges of aggravated battery of a senior citizen, burglary, motor vehicle theft, robbery, aggravated kidnapping, and aggravated criminal sexual assault.

According to authorities, the man kidnapped the woman at her home on Friday, and the woman showed up at a motel near the St. Louis area Saturday morning, and reported that she had allegedly been kidnapped.  Police also say the woman's car was found at a motel in Wood River, where the man was saying.

The man is currently being held at the Morgan County Jail.  He's scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.

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