KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Jackson County jail inmate accused of murdering a man in front of his son at a midtown Kansas City gas station in April 2014, has now been charged with raping a woman who was being held in the Jackson County Detention Center.
On Wednesday, Jackson County prosecutors charged Dontae D. Jefferson, 29, with Rape in the 1st Degree, Burglary in the 1st Degree, and two counts of Sexual Abuse in the 1st Degree.
Sources tell FOX 4 Jefferson is the same man who police accuse of firing eight shots into a car on Friday, April 18, 2014, at the BP gas station at 45th and Cleveland, killing Ka’Vyea Curry and critically injuring his then 10-year-old son, Ka’Vyea Tyson Curry. For that violence, Jefferson was charged with first-degree murder, endangering the welfare of a child, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm. Jefferson was scheduled to go to trial on October 31, 2016, for Curry’s murder and for allegedly shooting Tyson-Curry.
While he was in the Jackson County jail awaiting trial for those charges, prosecutors claim Jefferson raped a woman. The assault happened in August.
The woman told police she thought the man was a guard. Later, at a local hospital, the victim told officers she was scared to speak in front of jail staff.
She said the suspect entered her cell wearing a Jackson County-issued orange T-shirt on his head. Once he entered the cell, he began to touch her and she pushed him away. He strangled and punched her, then he assaulted her sexually until he heard a whistle from the hallway. The woman says Jefferson then hid, until it was safe to leave the cell.
A witness told police that a guard left keys in a door and an inmate kept a key. Later that inmate let Jefferson out of his cell. Video surveillance showed three prisoners wandering freely in an area where the victim was housed. Jefferson was one of those three.
The victim identified the suspect as Dontae Jefferson.
Authorities continue to investigate the rape and incident of inmates having a key.
On Wednesday, the victim in the case released a public statement through the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office.
“My life and the lives of my family have been in turmoil since the events of last week,” the victim stated. “We are struggling to move forward. I am praying those responsible will be held to a measure of justice. While my family tries to recover, please respect my privacy. I am not providing interviews, but focusing on how to get my life on track again.”
One of the alleged victims, known as ‘Victim #2’ told FOX 4 that she was raped for about an hour before the rapist slipped away. She also told FOX 4 that she did not get medical attention for 22 hours after the assault.
Prosecutors have requested a bond of $1 million cash for the rape charges. Following the reports of rapes in the detention center, Kansas City’s city manager, Troy Schulte, transferred all female inmates from Kansas City out of the jail. Twelve were sent to the Platte County jail, seven were released on signature bonds and two were released early.
FOX 4 covered Ka’Vyea Curry’s recovery after he was shot twice; one bullet went into his arm, another into his lung. Another child, who was 5-years-old at the time was in the backseat, but was spared.
Click here for past stories on Ka’Vyea Tyson and Dontae Jefferson.