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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Authorities say that a social worker fought off an attack at a Northland apartment during a home visit on Wednesday.

Police said the woman, who works for Synergy Services, went into the apartment, which serves as transitional housing for homeless youth, and sat down on the couch. That’s when 20-year-old William Bowens allegedly choked her from behind.

Police said the woman struggled to free herself, but Bowens came around to the front of the couch and continued to choke her until she fell to the floor.

According to police reports, Bowens told the woman he was going to kill her. Police said the 250 pound Bowens then climbed on top of the petite woman and pressed his body weight onto her chest and neck while he continued to choke her.

According to police, Bowens let the woman stand up after she agreed to cooperate with him. He led her to his bedroom with his arm still wrapped around her neck. The woman saw a knife on the bed, grabbed it and tried to talk to Bowens.

Police said Bowens then told the woman he wanted to die and told her that he would let her leave if she performed a sexual act. Bowens then walked into his bathroom, which is when the woman ran out of the apartment with the knife. She suffered minor injuries to her face, chest and neck.

Bowens has been charged with felony attempted forcible sodomy in the case.