Wanted rape suspect may have impersonated Uber driver near Westport, Power & Light

Posted at 3:55 PM, Oct 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-31 18:57:07-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City, Missouri police are looking for a sexual assault suspect who may be posing as an Uber driver. 

Antwan T. Crosby, 33, is wanted on aggravated rape charges. In a release, KCPD said he is suspected in numerous sexual assaults in the metro area and is known to prey on intoxicated women near the Westport and the Power and Light districts. 

Crosby is described as 6'0" tall, 170 pounds, black, with black hair and brown eyes.

According to a probable cause statement, one victim claimed she was intoxicated when leaving Westport around 2:30 a.m. and has no memory of anything until she woke up in a car around 3:45 p.m.

The victim claims she was being raped when she woke up and began fighting back. She said her attacker eventually stopped and drove them to an ATM, where she was forced to give over her credit card and information. Court documents say the attacker withdrew $200 and let the victim go shortly after.

Photos taken by the ATM were later used to identify Crosby as the alleged attacker.

One woman reported he picked her up in a red Grand Prix.

41 Action News talked to the attorney representing Crosby in an Identity Theft case from 2015, where he is accused of stealing and using a woman's credit card. That attorney would not talk with us on camera but said he does communicate with Crosby.

Crime Stoppers said since Monday they have gotten at least five tips.

"It's general information on where he could be; I can't go into specifics," said Detective Kevin Boehm with Crime Stoppers.

Roxy Bertram works at Tea Drops in Westport. She said she's seen intoxicated people pounding on the windows of vehicles, asking if they are their drivers.

"I've seen them do it during the day when a sports game is going on," said Bertram. 

Betram said the rush gets especially busy during prime drinking hours near Uber pickup sites like Westport and Broadway.

"This is a district where a lot of people are intoxicated and when you're intoxicated you're not paying attention. There are people who want to victimize that," said Tyler Herndon, who was not shocked when he heard someone was allegedly posing as a driver to assault women.

What to look for when calling a ride share service 

Anyone going out is urged to call your driver in advance so you can confirm their voice, match the license tag and look for the vehicle's description.

"Check the license and ask their name. They have to provide the license if you ask," said Bertram, offering some last minute advice ahead of Halloween.

Uber said Halloween night will be one of its busiest nights.

Anyone with any information on Crosby's whereabouts is encouraged to call KCPD or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.