Man Charged with Attempted Downtown Rape

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Kansas City man has been charged with attempted rape in connection to a weekend attack at a downtown parking garage, prosecutors said on Monday.

Joseph M. Williams, 20, faces rape and second-degree robbery charges after he allegedly attacked a female jogger at a parking garage at 10th and Wyandotte shortly before noon on Saturday.  According to police, the victim was jogging when she was grabbed from behind and dragged into the garage, dropping her key fob and iPod behind her.

According to the probable cause statement, her attacker attempted to rape her before she managed to run for help, finding someone in a car and that person allowed her to sit inside the vehicle until police responded.

Police found Williams a few blocks away, near 6th and Wyandotte. Police say that he had the victim's key fob and iPod in his possession.

Williams is in custody in the Jackson County Jail. Prosecutors have requested a $150,000 cash-only bond.

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