Tip leads to breakthrough in deputy’s kidnapping, sexual assault investigation

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. -- Johnson County Sheriff's Office tweeted Tuesday morning that they arrested two people they believe have information regarding the recent abduction and assault of a Johnson County Sheriff's deputy.

The two individuals are being held in Jackson County, Mo. The sheriff's office initially tweeted the individuals were being held in Jackson County, Kan., which is just north of Topeka.

A tip led detectives to these two people. The sheriff's office also said they have located the vehicle they believed was used in the incident.

No further details have been released.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office announced in a news conference Monday they were offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrests of two men who ambushed, kidnapped and sexually assaulted a female sheriff's deputy late Friday night.

Authorities say the kidnappers followed the victim from a QuikTrip at E. Santa Fe and South Ridgeview to the central booking facility at 101 Kansas Avenue where the abduction occurred at about 11:30 p.m. The victim was released between 1 and 1:30 a.m. on NE Todd George Parkway in the area of I-470 and Woods Chapel Road where she was instructed to keep her head covered while they sped away.

She then walked north until reaching the Jackson County Sheriff's Office in Lee's Summit where she got help.

Captain Brian Hill revealed Monday that the office submitted biological evidence to CODIS that returned two separate male DNA profiles, though IDs haven't been established yet.

There's no evidence that the men knew the victim prior to the attack, but there was likely planning involved.

"I do believe there was some planning premeditation for lack of a better word on carrying out this horrific act," said Capt. Brian Hill, lead investigator in the Johnson County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Frank Denning will be holding a news conference at 9 a.m., Wednesday regarding the case.

On Tuesday, Sheriff Denning was asked about the victim.

"She has been able to help with the investigation. She has a lot of support from family. She has a lot of support here from the Sheriff's office. There are many who have been in touch with her. And all things considered She's doing okay," Denning said.

FOX 4 will continue to cover the case and bring you the latest as details are confirmed.




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