OLATHE, Kan. -- Two men accused of kidnapping and raping a Johnson County sheriff’s deputy were removed from their jail cells to briefly return to a Johnson County courtroom Thursday morning.
William Luth, 24, and Brady Newman-Caddell, 21, are behind bars, each on a $1 million bond. Police and prosecutors believe the attack of the deputy was not their only sexual assault and are investigating them for other crimes.
Police say the men abducted the female deputy late Friday night, Oct. 7th outside of the Johnson County Detention Center in downtown Olathe as she was going to work. They’re accused of forcing her into a blue Mazda 3 owned by Luth`s wife and driving around, raping her multiple times before letting her go in Missouri.
“We know that there are other victim or victims and we are asking that now that these two individuals are in custody, we are asking that if people have had contact with these two individuals that they contact the TIPS Hotline or the Johnson County Sheriff`s Office,” said Howe.
He wouldn’t go into details, but sources tell FOX 4 police believe at least one of the suspect's DNA matches the DNA evidence from a reported rape in February which police say happened at the Stoney Brook Apartments on US 24 Highway in Independence.
“I can't talk about why we believe this, but I will tell you that we feel like that now hopefully with these two being in custody that we can empower those individuals to come forward and talk to law enforcement about what happened to them,” said Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe.
In February, the victim of the Independence rape told police that five men broke into her apartment, covered her face with her pants and gang raped her as her little girl slept next to her.
Both Luth and Newman-Caddell now have attorneys. On Thursday, the judge continued their case until Dec. 16. Attorneys explained that there was a lot of 'discovery' to get through. 'Discovery' is the legal term for the evidence police have collected against them.
Luth is from Blue Springs, Mo., and Newman-Caddell is from Independence, Mo.
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