Woman Escapes Carjackers near 18th & Vine

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Police are investigating after a woman was carjacked and then sexually assaulted near 85th & State Line in Kansas City, Mo. The 33-year-old victim's life has been shattered.

The victim's parents say the woman is traumatized and afraid to be alone.

"I have cried so much about it that I'm trying to put it in the back of my mind," said the victim's mother, Karen Juarez.

It's a nightmare tugging at the hearts of the family who lives in Kansas City, Kansas. The assault happened on Monday night. Her daughter was leaving her home and drove to the Target at Ward Parkway Center to pick up a prescription. The woman told police she was sitting at a red light when two men approached her car and threatened her. One of them had a gun.

"He pulled a gun at the window and told her if she didn't open the window he was gonna shoot the gun," the victim's mother said. "She opened the window."

Juarez said the gunman and other man hopped inside the car.

"He put the gun at the back of her neck and told her to just drive and not take her hands off the steering wheel," Juarez said.

Then, one of the suspects ordered the woman to drive toward some abandoned apartment buildings near 18th & Vine. The woman says the gunman then sexually assaulted her.

"Her shirt and pants were torn," Juarez said.

Juarez says her daughter suddenly kicked the attacker, fell out of her car and ran for help. The victim flagged down a woman at a bar near 18th & vine. The attacker and his accomplice took off in the victim's car. The men got away with the woman's $650 in rent money, credit cards and Christmas presents for her three children.

"Somebody like that needs to be behind bard and I'm hoping with this media coverage it will help," said the victim's father Daniel Juarez.

The victim's mother is glad her daughter wasn't badly hurt or worse.

"I'm thankful she's alive," Juarez said. "That's all that matters to me."

Police recovered the woman's car near 22nd & Vine on Wednesday. Police only have vague descriptions of the two suspects. If you have any information on the crime, call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.

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