A teen was arrested on Thursday after he abducted his friend’s 10-year-old sister, with whom he was obsessed, police say.
The girl was rescued by police about 35 minutes later, shaken and bruised but OK, her 18-year-old brother said.
Her accused abductor, John Thomas Classen, 17, is charged with child kidnapping, burglary and two counts of child abuse. His bail is set at $1.5 million.
The girl’s brother, who answered the door at the family’s home but did not want to be named, said his friend sent a message last summer to his sister over social media that said he thought she was cute and that he loved her, her brother said.
“I took it in the best possible way and thought he was just being friendly,” he said.
But Classen had sinister intentions, according to court documents. A list authorities found on his cellphone said he was going to break into the home and make the girl come with him.
“Take her to a secondary location, explain everything to her, smother her, rape her dead body, clean up and then pose the body … photograph her, dispose of her body, leave town,” the probable-cause statement said. The list said that he was going to rehearse the abduction and wear latex gloves. He planned to hide in a foreclosed home and steal money and cars.
Authorities said Classen entered the girl’s home Thursday through a window that he left unlocked two days earlier when he visited. After waiting in the basement, he abducted the girl from the main level, where she was asleep on a couch, police said.
Police said the girl resisted, and the two of them fell down the basement steps. The dogs at the home apparently began barking, which woke the girl’s mother, who called 911 when she saw Classen and her daughter behind the house.
The girl was rescued about 35 minutes later. Classen was caught at a police checkpoint near a subdivision entrance. “We were very, very fortunate to get on it right away,” said O’Fallon Police Chief Roy Joachimstaler.