Charges have been filed against two western Missouri men on suspicion of abducting and sexually assaulting a sheriff’s deputy in Kansas Friday night. Captain Brian Hill with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department in Kansas says the incident appears to have been planned.
“Our suspect vehicle at the Quik Trip pulls into a gas pump basically. Neither subject gets out of the car. Nobody pumps any gas. Nobody throws anything away and sits there until our deputy leaves. At the time she backs out and leaves, he exits and follows here,” says Hill. “We have a pretty good camera trail from the Quik Trip all the way to the parking lot. It appears evident to us that although they may not have been specifically looking for our victim, they were looking for a victim.”
The victim, who is in her early 20s, was in civilian clothing and going to work. She was kidnapped while getting out of her car in the department’s parking lot. She was then blindfolded and forced into a vehicle.
The suspects let her go early Saturday in Lee’s Summit. She then walked to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.
A tip from someone who knows one of the suspects led authorities to arrest William Luth, 24, of Blue Springs and Brady Caddell, 21, of Independence. They are being held in the Jackson County jail in connection with the incident. They have each been charged with aggravated kidnapping, 2 counts of rape and aggravated sodomy. Bond has been set at $1 million cash for each of them.
The deputy has been with the force for about six months.