Residents in Northland apartment warned after rape - KCTV5

Northland residents on alert as police search for suspected rapist

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People living in a Northland apartment complex are worried after one of their neighbors was brutally attacked and raped.

Neighbors in the Tanglewood Apartments, located at Northwest 66th Terrace near Arrowhead Trafficway, are looking over their shoulders after getting notices on their doors warning them of the rape in the complex.

But it is most terrifying for the 26-year-old woman who was attacked.

"It has broken my heart what has happened to my daughter," said the mother of the victim, who is speaking out to keep it from happening to anyone else.

It's an almost impossible pain for any mother, watching her daughter suffer after a stranger attacked her.

"She was crying.  She was just sobbing and shaking and she said 'Oh mom, I've been raped,'" the mother said.

It happened about 1 a.m. Friday, as the victim was coming home down the breezeway.

"When all of a sudden she heard footsteps coming up behind her and the next thing she knows there's a gun being held to her head. He had his free arm around her throat," she said.

The victim says he demanded money, and when she didn't have any, he dragged her around the corner to a fenced-in patio of a nearby apartment.

"He choked her so hard that she passed out," she said.

And when she came to, he was raping her.

"Then she says he cocked his gun and pointed it at her head," the victim's mother said.  "I can only begin to imagine the terror she must have felt."

He then made her kneel against the wall while he ran away.

When she could finally run home, she wouldn't go inside until she was sure he was gone.  Even in that moment, she was more concerned with protecting her family, including a newborn baby.

"My daughter, in so many ways, is a remarkable young woman," she said.

Now, her mother is urging others to watch out for their own safety, and for anyone who knows anything about who is responsible to come forward.

"I want this man caught, and put away for the rest of his life, so that he doesn't have a chance to do to somebody else's daughter what he did to mine," she said.

Authorities have not released a detailed description of the suspect because he had on a ski mask and gloves and stayed behind the victim.  But she did see his gun. She described it as silver and black, and said it was shorter than an average handgun.

The family is also upset because no one came out to help when the victim started screaming. She was right next to several apartments.

They're asking if anyone has any information about the incident to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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