Johnson County Sheriff's Office Seeks Two In Sexual Assault Of Female Deputy

Oct 10, 2016

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the sexual assault of a female deputy abducted from a parking lot near the central booking facility Friday night.

Captain Brian Hill says it doesn't appear the woman was targeted because she was law enforcement.

Metro area dealerships helped the Johnson County Sheriff's Office identify the suspects' vehicle as as deep blue 2015 or '16 Mazda 3, which can appear almost purple in color.
Credit Johnson County Sheriff's Office

"At our current point in our investigation, we don't have any evidence that she specifically was targeted," Hill said at a news conference Monday. "But again, we're two days into this. Some more information may become available that indicates otherwise."

The deputy was on her way to work and had just exited her car when she was forced into a dark blue 2015 or 2016 Mazda 3. Local car dealers have provided photos of a similar car, the color of which can appear almost purple.

Two white males in their late teens or early 20s allegedly assaulted the deputy, whose head and face were kept covered. She was later released in the Lee's Summit area, where she sought help from the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.

Johnson County Sheriff Frank Denning, a former sex crimes investigator, said these cases are always difficult.

"Because she is a deputy sheriff, because she is one of ours, I suppose my emotional level is a little bit different," Denning said. "I'm very intense. I've told these gentlemen I will not rest until we've brought these two to justice."

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to be on the lookout for a windbreaker similar to this one, which was in the deputy's bag when she was abducted and assaulted. Her bag, a pink Nike duffel, has not yet been recovered.
Credit Elle Moxley / KCUR 89.3

At the time of her abduction, the deputy was carrying a pink Nike duffel bag containing hygiene items and a Johnson County Sheriff's Office windbreaker. She did not exit the kidnapper's car with it. Police believe her abductors may have dumped it when they realized she was a sheriff's deputy.

DNA evidence collected from the victim has not identified either suspect. 

"It doesn't mean they don't have a law enforcement history, that they haven't committed a criminal act," Hill said.

Hill said the deputy has expressed interest in returning to work but is not back on the job yet.

Elle Moxley is a reporter for KCUR. You can reach her on Twitter @ellemoxley.