Man Charged With Assault, Rape in Downtown Standoff

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City man faces five felony charges, including forcible rape, stemming from an incident that led to a police standoff at a downtown apartment building earlier this week.

Nicholas A. Romero, 26, has been charged with first-degree assault, forcible rape, two counts of forcible sodomy and one count of attempted forcible sodomy in the alleged attack on a woman in the 1000 block of Grand Avenue early Tuesday morning.

According to court documents, Romero allegedly threatened the 22-year-old woman, choked her and then raped and sodomized her.  When a neighbor heard a scream and what sounded like a body being thrown against a wall, the neighbor called police.

When police went to the door, Romero allegedly pretended to be the victim, according to court records. Officers say that they heard a woman weeping inside. The woman managed to flee from the apartment, while Romero broke out a window and exited. He stayed in an electrical room for several hours before being taken into custody by police.

The incident caused a standoff with police that led to Grand Avenue being shut down for several hours.

Prosecutors have requested a $100,000, or 10 percent bond in the case.

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