2 Men Charged in Alleged Kidnapping, Rape of Kansas Sheriff's Deputy
Two Missouri men have been arrested and charged with allegedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting an off-duty Kansas sheriff’s deputy in what investigators say was a planned attack.
According to a spokesman for the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department in Kansas, William Luth, 24, of Blue Springs, Missouri, and Brady Newman-Caddell, 21, of Independence, Missouri, both face one count of aggravated kidnapping and two counts of rape and aggravated sodomy. They are being held on $1 million bond.
The officer, who is in her early 20s and was dressed in civilian clothes, has been with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department for only six months.
She was allegedly forced into a car on Oct. 7 as she was walking through a parking lot at night.
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The deputy — whose name has not been released publicly — was on her way into work at the detention center in Olathe at the time of the alleged abduction.
The lead detectives on the case do not believe Luth and Newman-Caddell targeted the officer specifically — they were allegedly merely looking for a victim, the spokesman tells PEOPLE.
The officer was allegedly blindfolded before being forced into a car, the spokesman says.
Both men allegedly raped the deputy for two hours before dropping her off in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, just a half a mile away from a nearby police headquarters. She kept walking, bruised and battered from the alleged attack, until she saw the station’s lights, the police spokesman says.
Neither Luth nor Newman-Caddell has entered a plea to the charges against them and it was unclear Wednesday when they would be appearing in court. Court records do not indicate if either suspect has a lawyer.