Bystanders help domestic violence victim during attack; KCPD investigating connected arson

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Posted at 12:25 PM, Mar 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-04 13:25:55-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City, Missouri, police said bystanders rescued a woman in the midst of a domestic violence attack outside a Northland Price Chopper.

KCPD said the woman and her friend were walking outside the store at Northeast Vivion Road and North Oak Trafficway around 10 p.m. Wednesday night when the woman's ex-boyfriend approached them with a box cutter in hand.

The man held her against a wall and threatened to kill her before her friend and Price Chopper employees were able to stop the man and call police.

He took off from the scene in a car before officers arrived.

KCPD said officer are still investigating an arson connected to the attack.

The suspect, police said, called the victim and told her he was going to light her car on fire.

Officers found the victim's truck fully engulfed in flames in the area of Northeast 52nd Street and Northeast San Rafael Drive, where it had previously broken down.

As firefighters from the Kansas City, Missouri, Fire Department worked to extinguish the flames, officers kept neighbors a safe distance from the truck in case it were to explode.

Police said they are still searching for the suspect.

KCPD's domestic violence and bomb and arson units are investigating the case.

KCPD reminded residents they can call 816-HOTLINE if they need help in a domestic violence situation. The line is monitored 24/7.