Prosecutors allege rape, kidnapping of woman occurred; marijuana grow also discovered

An investigation into an alleged abduction has led to several charges for three Hannibal men.

The incident began when Hannibal police responded on Monday afternoon to Days Inn, 4070 Market St., to check the well-being of a woman. The female was located in a hotel room with a male. According to the Hannibal Police Department, the woman indicated to officers she needed help. The female reported she had been kidnapped and sexually assaulted.

At the scene, officers arrested Demetrice D. Moffett, 38, of Hannibal, without incident. He has been charged with first-degree rape, kidnapping, and armed criminal action — all felonies.

He faces an arraignment Friday, April 13, in Marion County Associate Circuit Court.

Kenny Lumpford, 21, of Hannibal, also faces a charge of rape or attempted rape. Lumpford allegedly allowed Moffett access to the victim in this case.

He also faces an arraignment on Friday, April 13.

The investigation led detectives to a residence in the 2100 block of Patchen St. At that location, detectives allegedly discovered a marijuana grow operation, recovered a handgun used during the kidnapping and the assault, and recovered a stolen rifle.

Travis C. Gerard, 25, of Hannibal, was taken into custody at the scene. He has been charged with receiving stolen property and manufacturing marijuana — both felonies.

He also faces an arraignment Friday, April 13, in Marion County Associate Circuit Court. An arraignment is the formal reading of charges.

Warrants were issued Tuesday for Moffett and Gerard. They remain in the Marion County Jail on $100,000 and $50,000 cash-only bonds, respectively.