- Associated Press - Saturday, May 28, 2016

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Prosecutors in St. Paul have decided to drop kidnapping and sexual assault charges against an ex-convict accused of chaining up a teen in his basement after the alleged victim became reluctant to continue the case.

Wilbert Grover, 56, was charged in November after a 19-year-old man stumbled to a neighboring home in St. Paul’s North End and asked for help, The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported (https://bit.ly/1TLgQkY ).

The man, who was bloody and was wearing manacles, said he’d been kidnapped while he was walking down a Minneapolis street and knocked out. He woke up bound and blindfolded in a basement. An attacker he never saw sexually assaulted him for four days, telling him his family would be hurt if he resisted, he said. He eventually escaped through a window and fled for help, according to court documents.

Police found the house and arrested Glover, who was paroled from an Illinois prison in 2008 after convictions for homicide, attempted homicide and kidnapping.

Glover had pleaded not guilty in the St. Paul case and was set to stand trial in June. But Ramsey County prosecutors said the alleged victim had become uncooperative and investigators had uncovered new information suggesting the man and Glover had an existing relationship.

Dennis Gerhardstein, a spokesman for the Ramsey County district attorney’s office, said the case suffers from “significant evidentiary issues.”

“We no longer believe that we could prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt,” he said.


Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, https://www.twincities.com

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