Man Charged, Believed to have Kidnapped Washington University Student

On Aug. 28, victim reported being approached at 9:40 p.m. by man as she was getting into her car inside the campus' Snow Way garage. The man claimed to have knife, and ordered her into her car to drive to several bank ATMs to withdraw cash.

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St. Louis County Police report Wednesday morning that the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office issued warrants Tuesday on William James Cobbins, for one count of First Degree Robbery and one count of Kidnapping in reference to the investigation of a reported robbery and abduction of a 23-year-old woman on Aug. 28 on the campus of Washington University.

A $75,000 cash-only bond has been issued.

Cobbins is 22 years old, and was last living at the 1600 block of Pine in St. Louis, according to authorities.

The ongoing investigation by detectives from the St Louis County Police Department, Bureau of Crimes Against Persons, and the Washington University Police Department led to the arrest of Cobbins on Monday at his residence.


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