Sheriff: Off-duty Johnson County deputy escapes after kidnapping, sexual assault

Posted at 1:59 PM, Oct 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-10 20:14:08-04

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of those who kidnapped a Johnson County deputy on Friday. 

At 11:30 p.m. a dark blue 2015 or 2016 Mazda 3 was in a parking lot near 101 North Kansas Avenue across from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Adult Detention Center, according to the Johnson County Sheriff's Office. 

A white male driver forced the deputy into the car against her will, officials said. 

The deputy escaped the car at around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday in Lee’s Summit near Interstate 470 and northeast Woods Chapel Road.



Johnson County Sheriff Frank Denning spoke with 41 Action News Saturday evening. He said in nearly 40 years while being on the force, he’s never seen such a crime.

"It appears to be a random act,” he said. “The car was following her from about an area of Santa Fe and Ridgeview to the parking lot at the detention facility and that would probably be a little over a mile."

Denning says the deputy was in civilian clothes on her way to work when she was kidnapped. He also believes the men did not know the woman was a deputy. 

Police are looking for two suspects the suspects. 

Although, they can’t make out the license plates from the video just yet, police will use their crime lab to enhance the video they have and are confident they’ll find whomever is responsible for the crime.

"We’re bringing on another crew right now that will continue the investigation and so we're gonna find out who these two are,” said Denning

Denning said the deputy is doing “okay.” She was released from the hospital sometime early Saturday. Once she escaped her captors, she ran to a nearby Jackson County Sheriff’s sub-station for help.

"You feel responsible for your employees anyway and for something like this to happen that is, it's very tragic to say the least, but just to have a young person, a young woman, to be assaulted like that, it makes me angry,” said Denning.

The deputy has been with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office roughly six months.

The FBI is assisting in the investigation. 

If you have any information, contact the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office at 913-782-0720 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.



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