Recent rape at apartment complex leaves residents worried

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Residents of a Northland apartment complex have been on high alert since a recent sexual assault happened there. And now, some residents hope the complex will do more to protect others.

The Tanglewood Apartments are located at Highway 169 and 68th Street in Kansas City, Mo. Some of the apartment residents who spoke to FOX 4 News said they feel safe living there. However, that confidence has changed over the last few days.

Many of the residents came home and learned about the incident through a bright orange flier hanging on their door. Some are nervous, since the suspect is still at large.

"I came home from work and saw it on  my door," said Tony Angelo, a resident.

The flier briefly explained the recent attack on a woman at the complex.

According to police, the woman in her 20s was walking through the complex around 1 a.m. on Friday, March 8. A man carrying a gun grabbed her, dragged her to a patio area and then started choking her. She passed out and the suspect raped her.

"I thought maybe she was robbed," said resident Nicole O'Connor. "I didn't realize she was raped."

Some women who live at the complex say the recent attack is a wake up call and that they need to be more aware of their surroundings.

"Mostly that I really don't need to be out after dark and probably not walk my dog as often as I should," a resident said.

While others say they wish the complex would do more to protect residents.

"A lot of time the security lights are burned out it is dark," another resident said. "They need to stay up on that."

But everyone FOX 4 News spoke to Sunday say they understand incidents like this could happen anywhere. It's watching out for others and themselves that is the key.

There's not a lot of information about the suspect's description. He's described as 5 foot, 11 inches with dreadlocks.

If you have any more information, call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.

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