A Kansas area sheriff’s deputy was abducted just outside the jail where she worked and was raped for about two hours by two men who seemed to have planned the attack.
The deputy had parked her car in the parking lot at the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department and was walking to the booking facility at the center of the building when the men attacked at about 11:30 p.m. on Friday. The woman was still wearing her civilian clothing and was unarmed when the men, wearing sweatshirts, blindfolded her and forced her into a sedan, officials say.
The suspects then drove around as they assaulted the deputy, in her early 20s, before they released her around two hours later. After they released the victim, they instructed her to keep her head covered and then sped off.
The woman then walked north until she arrived at the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office in Lee’s Summit, where she got assistance. Even though her attackers told her not to look at them, the young deputy, who has been with the force for about six months. was still able to relay details about the suspects. Sheriff Frank Denning shares about how the deputy is recovering from the crime.
“She has been able to help with the investigation, She has a lot of support from family. She has a lot of support here from the sheriff’s office. There are many who have been in touch with her. And all things considered, she’s doing okay.”
Investigators were also able to recover DNA evidence in the case which was submitted to the lab for testing. Following the attack and after the details were relayed by the deputy, a massive manhunt ensued over the weekend. A tip also led detectives to the men that are said to have been involved in the attack. The suspects’ names are William Luth, 24, and Brady Newman-Caddell, 21. Both men have been charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated sodomy, and two counts of rape each. The bond for the men has been set at $1 million
The deputy does not appear to have any former affiliation with the men who attacked her. But it appears that the attack was planned as the suspects reportedly followed the woman from a QuikTrip market about a mile and a half from the parking lot where she was kidnapped, as Inside Edition shares.
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Captain Brian Hill spoke with reporters about the belief that there was a plan set in place by the men.
“Something of this magnitude took some level of planning. I do believe there was some planning, premeditation for lack of a better word, for carrying out this horrific act. Our suspect vehicle at the Quik Trip pulls into a gas pump basically. Neither subject gets out of the car. Nobody pumps any gas. Nobody throws anything away and sits there until our deputy leaves. At the time she backs out and leaves, he exits and follows her. And we have a pretty good camera trail from the Quik Trip all the way to the parking lot. So, it appears evident to us that although they may not have been specifically looking for our victim, they were looking for a victim.”
Authorities were also able to locate the vehicle used in the attack, which may have belonged to the wife of Luth.
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Authorities also located the vehicle they believed was used in the incident, which may belong to Luth’s wife, according to reports. The suspects were held in the Jackson County Detention Center. It is unknown as to whether they intend to fight extradition to Kansas or at what point they will return to face charges for the crimes.
It is also believed that the two men may have attacked others, according to Johnson County District Attorney Stephen Howe who spoke to reporters on Wednesday and added that he hopes more victims will come forward now that they men are in custody. The attorney declined commenting about why he believes there may be other victims.
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