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Reported rape at Rockstar Burgers led to search, documents say

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Posted at 5:00 PM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-18 11:57:54-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City, Missouri, police executed a search warrant at Rockstar Burgers in the West Bottoms after a woman told police she had been raped there in April, according to court documents.

In an application for the search warrant, Kansas City police said a 23-year-old woman told officers she had been raped at 1611 Genessee St., the location of Rockstar Burgers and the residence of owner Brian Smith.

The case was inactivated for a time, but the woman contacted the police department’s Sex Crimes Unit on Dec. 7 and said she wanted to pursue the investigation, according to the search warrant application.

The woman told police she was drinking at a club on April 6 when she ran into Smith and one other person. She said she was intoxicated when the club closed and remembered being invited to Smith’s residence on the third floor above the restaurant.

The woman said she could not remember the rest of the evening. When she woke up the next morning, Smith told her they had had sex. The woman became agitated and told Smith she didn’t want to have sex with him, according to the document.

Smith allegedly then struck her in the face, causing her to fall and hit her head.***

After the incident, she exchanged texts with Smith, who told her, “U were lit. I was lit.” In the messages, Smith told the woman he did not hit her but “pushed you with an open palm,” according to the document.

In requesting the search warrant, police said they planned to look for computer hardware, including computers, digital cameras or video surveillance systems.

According to separate documents obtained by 41 Action News, the search warrant, executed on Dec. 9, resulted in the seizure of photographs, a MacBook computer and a Toshiba laptop, along with two USB drives and an external hard drive.

Smith, 42, has been charged with multiple felonies in Platte County in connection with an alleged incident in November at an apartment in Parkville.

After Smith’s arrest, Kansas City police urged other victims or witnesses to contact police, saying a multi-jurisdictional investigation was ongoing.