Kidnapping, rape suspect allegedly threatens victim at work, drives her and daughter across country

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kidnapped, held at knife point and assaulted. A Kansas City woman is alive after police say the father of her daughter drove them halfway across the country.

Police say the two share a child together and the man has made threats that if the woman didn't keep quiet, he would kill them. The alleged kidnapping started at Burlington Coat Factory off US Highway 40 in Independence, according to police. Jose Amaya-Vasquez met up with the victim and their two-year-old daughter.

Investigators say Amaya-Vasquez threatened the victim and forced her to go with him to a nearby vacant home. It was in the boarded up house that police say Amaya-Vasquez raped and stabbed the woman.

It's not the first time the victim accused Amaya-Vasquez. Court documents show Amaya-Vasquez was accused of raping the same woman on Valentine's Day, telling her if she didn't keep quiet he would kill three of her children who live in Honduras. Jackson County prosecutors filed a first-degree rape charge against him on Wednesday related to that incident.

Police say the woman couldn't escape this time either, as she was held at knifepoint, driven to a motel in Ohio and once again sexually assaulted.

Amaya-Vasquez then drove the woman and their child to New Jersey, raping her for a third time at a motel, all while their two-year-old was in the room.

Kansas City detectives helped officers in Bellmawr, N.J. find him, and while he attempted to flee into woods near the motel, he was eventually arrested and charged with multiple crimes in Camden County, N.J., including kidnapping and sexual assault.

The victim and her daughter are okay, but still in New Jersey. Amaya-Vasquez is being held there on $400,000 bond. In addition to the charges he faces in New Jersey, officers in Kansas City plan to submit evidence to prosecutors for more local charges.

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