OLATHE, Kan. — During a news conference Wednesday morning the FBI, Johnson County prosecutor and sheriff said they are looking for additional victims they believe were also attacked by two men now charged with the kidnapping and rape of a Johnson County deputy. They urged other possible victims and anyone who had contact with the suspects the day the deputy was abducted to come forward.
Both William Luth and Brady Newman-Caddell are charged with kidnapping, two counts of rape and sodomy. Each are in the Johnson County jail on a $1 million bond.
They were arrested in Missouri and spent the day at the Jackson County jail before both waived extradition to Kansas and were brought to Johnson County Tuesday.
On Wednesday afternoon, Luth and Newman-Cadell appeared in court for a quick first appearance. Newman-Caddell asked for a public defender. Luth’s attorney tried to enter a not-guilty plea for him but the judge told him this was not the time to enter pleas; their pleas would be accepted at the next court appearance on Oct. 20.
Charges against the suspects state they overpowered the female sheriff`s deputy, forced her into a blue Mazda 3 – and abducted her in the parking lot of the Johnson County Sheriff`s Office as she was going to work.
Several hours later, after police say she was raped multiple times, they released the deputy in Missouri near the Jackson County Sheriff`s Department where she ran for help.
Sources say one of the men told investigators where to find the deputy’s pink gym bag and jacket that were missing after the incident, which, with that information, were found and are now evidence in this case.
“Now that we have the faces of the two individuals that have been charged in this case, if anyone had contact with either one of those individuals in and around the date of October 7th, to please contact either the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office or TIPS Hotline,” Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe said during the news conference.
Authorities say they cannot discuss why they believe there are other victims, but did say they ‘know’ there are other victims.
“The other thing is we know that there are other victim or victims, and we’re asking that now that these two individuals are in custody we’re asking that if people have had contact with these two individuals that they contact the TIPS Hotline or the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office,” Howe said.
In addition, Howe said, “I can’t talk about why we believe this, but I will tell you that we feel like now that hopefully with these two being in custody, that we can empower these individuals to come forward and to talk to law enforcement about what happened to them.”
Sheriff Frank Denning and Howe were not willing to go into relationship between the two men and victim, their motivation for the crime, or the opportunity of the suspects.
“All I can say is, based on the charges, those are the facts of the case, and we really don’t want to talk about anything beyond that,” Howe said.
Authorities said the deputy was doing okay given the circumstances and was currently spending time with her family and friends.
Howe also said all the deputy’s belongings have been recovered and there is no risk of anyone posing as a Johnson County deputy in her gear.
Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to contact the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office or call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.
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