KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Community activists came together Friday to support a teen who said she was raped walking home from her bus stop. The victim said it happened last Friday, Dec. 5, in an empty lot near Cleveland and 42nd Street. Friday, the group went door-to-door in the neighborhood passing out flyers to alert people of the incident.
“It’s terrifying because you don’t know what to do you feel helpless, because I did, you get the sense of no control,” the victim told FOX 4. “You just don’t know what to do in that moment.”
FOX 4 hid the identity of the victim and the victim’s mother because of the nature of the crime.
“I think its changed her life forever,” the victim’s mother said. “I mean, she’s still a good girl, but I don’t think that she’ll ever be the same.”
The high school senior said at about 2:30 on Dec. 5 she got off the school bus and started to walk to her dad’s house. She said she noticed the suspect cross the street when she did and then attack her.
The victim told police the suspect was likely between 24 and 27 years old and stood about 5’9”. She said he had a dark complexion, a short forehead and a low hair-line. She told police she remembers straight, clean teeth and full lips. He smelled of cigarette smoke and had very short fingernails, she said. He was wearing a black Carhart coat, dark jeans and had a hood over his head.
Police are asking anyone with any information about the attack, please call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.