Kansas City woman bites her attacker to escape during sexual assault; suspect charged

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KANSAS CITY, Mo -- A Lee's Summit man charged in a violent alleged sexual assault appeared in court Monday.

Spencer Franklin, 24, is facing a long list of criminal charges, including sodomy, armed criminal action, burglary and assault, after he broke into a metro woman's home and attacked her.

Spencer Franklin

The victim in this horrifying situation decided to fight back and bit Franklin's genitals. Police say the act was the key to cracking this case.

Just before 5:30 a.m. Thursday, the victim, who lives in the 8000 block of East 88th Street, woke up to find a stranger standing in the doorway of her bedroom. As he approached, she could see he was holding a knife.

Police later identified that stranger as Franklin. He was arrested in May for burglary and property damage after trying to breaking into Arthur Bryant's at 17th and Brooklyn Avenue. But Franklin posted a $500 bond and was released.

Just a few months later, police say Franklin went much further during his next burglary. The victim told police after Franklin broke into her house, he got on top of her, saying, "It's OK. I’m not going to hurt you."

Franklyn demanded the woman perform oral sex on him, and according to court documents, the victim felt Franklin was going to stab her no matter what and knew she had to escape. The victim bit down on Franklin's private part, and that's when he stabbed her, once in the torso and twice in the thigh.

The victim ran out of her bedroom and to the front door just as her roommate got back from walking her dog. The roommate told police she left the door partially open while the dog did its business. When she returned, the dead bolt was locked, and she couldn't get in.

The two ran to a neighbor's house and called police.

Franklin was caught on a doorbell camera, and the woman identified him in a line-up. When Franklin was arrested, officers got a warrant to search his body and found teeth marks on his genitals, which was still bleeding.

The victim is recovering from the stab wounds, which required stitches.

Franklin is now being held on $200,000 cash bond. He is due back in court Sept. 5.



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