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Woman’s night of fun in downtown KC suddenly transformed to misery by violent stranger

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Assaulted, robbed and left on the side of the road – one metro woman’s fun night out in Kansas City quickly turned into a nightmare.

The drinks were flowing and the good times were rolling at Power and Light District, where a 29-year-old woman named Kristin and her boyfriend were partying at a bar.

“Just a normal night,” she said. “We just went out and had some drinks.”

But the duo got separated when her boyfriend went to the bathroom, and she suddenly disappeared. Soon she found herself in a car with a stranger from the bar who told her he was giving her a ride home.

“I don't remember how I got in the car,” Kristin said. “I'm not one to get in strangers' cars.”

They had only driven a few blocks from P&L, when police said the man asked Kristin to perform oral sex. When she refused, he became angry and started punching her.

“Since I was sitting in the passenger side,” Kristin said, “most of my injuries are on this side of my face. So I still have a little bit of a black eye that's healing. I had a fat lip. Just pretty much really bruised on this side.”

Kristin told police the man then snatched her purse and cell phone, as she escaped the slow-moving car and hit the pavement.

“It was definitely the fight response,” she said. “I remember trying to push him and trying to get out of there.”

In that moment, she remembered feeling, “Super scared,” she said. “Vulnerable, I don't know, just really wanting to get away.”

A passerby called 911 and Kristin was taken to the hospital. Adding insult to injury, she soon learned her stolen credit cards were being used all over Overland Park. Her banks statements showed her attacker spent more than $1,000 at places like Walmart, McDonald’s and QuikTrip.

“Right now I'm pretty angry,” she said. “I had already had my face beat in, and now I have to deal with getting my life back on track.”

She’s now sharing her story to warn other women to be more cautious when spending a night at the bars. She’s also counting her blessings that nothing worse happened to her.

“I'm lucky to be alive,” Kristin said. “So I'm grateful to be here.”

Since the assault and robbery, Kristin used the Find My iPhone app to track her stolen phone’s location. It pinged at an apartment complex called Springhill Apartments near W. 121st Street and Antioch Road in Overland Park, Kan., but police have not arrested anyone yet.

If you know anything about the case, call Crime Stoppers at (816) 474-TIPS.