LENEXA, Kan. -- Johnson County prosecutors charged a man with one count of aggravated kidnapping and two counts of rape after police were called to a home at 77th and Halsey Sunday night, where police believe a woman was held captive since April. The woman reportedly got a note to her apartment manager that she was being held against her will and needed help.
Anthony Darryl Allen, 34, faces rape and kidnapping charges, after police say he was controlling and raping his girlfriend for four months before she escaped, with the help of people at Lenexa Pointe apartments.
Mychael Ryes, the maintenance technician at Lenexa Pointe apartments received a call from the leasing manager, telling him there was a lady in her apartment trying to get out. The woman sent a letter to her landlord underneath a bill she mailed out. She worried that Allen would harm her so she asked for a maintenance worker to come to the door so she could escape.
"Trying to get away from this guy. We don't know if he has a knife or a gun, but we knew that, like, he always carried a knife with him," Reyes said.
Police worked with the apartment manager and maintenance worker to conconct a fake maintenance issue to get in to the apartment. When he knocked on the door, the alleged victim answered and Allen was on the couch, Reyes said. According to Reyes, Allen was 'staring him down.'
"He supposedly had her cell phone and he never let her go out he always kept her in that apartment, always threatened her with some bad stuff... like how he was going to kill her and everything," said Mychael Reyes, the maintenance technician at Lenexa Pointe apartments.
"And I told her, I was like, 'Uh, we have a maintenance issue downstairs. There's a water issue. I just want to see if you know about it. Can you come step outside and come with me," Reyes explained.
He says she didn't even hesitate and stepped out the door with him.
"I just stayed right behind her, walked right behind her and kinda kept my eye in the corner to see if he was going to get up and come," said Reyes. "Because I didn't know if he had a gun or a knife or whatever. I just wanted to get her out of there and both of us just get out of there and get away from that apartment."
Police were waiting downstairs and after talking to the woman, they went upstairs to arrest Allen, and that's when the standoff began.
The man refused to come out of the apartment. Police evacuated the apartments and tried to get the man to surrender. Police took him into custody after a three-hour standoff. He declined to talk to them, but did say he consumed bug spray and laundry detergent to try to take his life. When officers searched his property, they say they found a note, telling the woman "I will always love you... I'm so sorry. Goodbye. See you in heaven. Forgive me. Told my dad already."
According to the charging documents, Allen, an unemployed Army veteran, is accused of confining the woman beginning April 1. Prosecutors say the woman is over 18. She told police she and Allen were in a relationship for three years. She says he was arrested for domestic violence in Minnesota and followed her to Kansas.
She told police that one day he confronted her at her home after work and kept her in the apartment. She said he had a box cutter and threatened to snap her neck. She says each time he raped her he would threaten to snap her neck.
Prosecutors say the woman says Allen raped her nearly everyday over the three-month period. The two rape charges filed against him highlight alleged rapes on June 26 and again on July 7.
The alleged victim says once a week, Allen would take her to Walmart and keep a grip on her.
According to the legal document, Allen is originally from San Francisco, but has been living in Lenexa and has a Kansas driver's license.
Allen appeared in Johnson County Court at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday. His bond was set at $500,000 and he's to have no contact with the accuser. Prosecutors told the judge Allen has a 2014 domestic assault conviction in Minnesota and was on probation.
"I don't really see it like a hero, I just did the right thing," said Reyes. "I just wish we would have known sooner so we could have done something sooner and got her out of there and away from that."