A St. Louis, Missouri man has been arrested in connection with an alleged kidnapping and robbery case involving a Washington University student in August. Surveillance tape and photographs were used in the investigation that eventually led to the man being taken into custody. The man has reportedly been charged with several felonies, including first-degree robbery and kidnapping.

The incident, which occurred in late August, happened as a young woman was getting into her vehicle in a university-owned parking garage. The man reportedly grabbed the woman, forcing her into the driver's seat while pointing a knife at her abdomen. She was ordered to drive to an ATM, where she made withdrawals for the suspect in the amount of $1,500. The man then directed the woman to drop him off in the city. She traveled back home before calling police to report the crime.

Reports indicate that the victim's debit card was unsuccessfully used at another location. The driver had initially claimed that he was not involved in the incident, but the evidence tapes appear to link the man to the incident. He is also linked to the woman who attempted to use the victim's card after the crime. He had made phone calls to that person throughout the days following the abduction.

The man also reportedly identified himself in surveillance footage taken from a public transit station earlier in the evening.

In this case, considering the mounting evidence against the suspect, upon review of that evidence his criminal defense attorney may advise him to plea bargain in hopes of avoiding a jury trial. In a plea bargain, a suspect oftentimes pleads guilty to a lesser crime to receive a less-severe sentence, though that is not always guaranteed. If the man chooses to plead guilty, the charges may be reduced, or he may receive a shorter prison sentence.

The victim has already identified the man in a lineup, and he is currently in custody in the St. Louis Jail.

Source: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "Police use surveillance to arrest man in abduction, robbery of Washington University student," Oct. 24, 2012.