Lawrence man arrested on rape charges

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — UPDATE 9:15 PM 4/19/2018: Michael Wayne Hooks, the man wanted in a rape investigation, was taken into custody by Lawrence police Thursday evening. 

Officials say Hooks called Jackson County, Kansas Sheriff Tim Morse and then travelled from Wichita to Lawrence. 

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The Jackson County, Kansas Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help locating a Lawrence, Kansas man accused of rape and other charges.

Michael Wayne Hooks, 41, is charged with kidnapping, rape, aggravated sodomy and aggravated burglary.

He is wanted in connection to a rape investigation in Holton, Kansas from April 12. 

According to a release from the sheriff's office, Hooks has lived in Lawrence and may have fled to Topeka or Wichita. He worked as a door-to-door vacuum salesman but officials say the victims are not connected to his job as a salesman. 

He's described as having black hair and brown eyes. He is 5'07" tall and weighs 240 pounds. 

A reward is being offered for information that leads to the capture of Hooks.

Anyone with any information on Hook's whereabouts is asked to contact Sheriff Tim Morse at 785-364-2251.

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