Northland neighbors are on alert after two stranger rapes were reported in the past month - both incidents happened at apartment complexes.
The most recent happened about 7:20 p.m. Sunday at Ethans Apartments near North Platte Purchase Drive and Northwest Barry Road. Kansas City, MO, police said a woman reported she was ambushed and raped by a man who snuck into her apartment.
Patricia Ramirez said news of a rape just steps from her northland home has her rattled.
"It was pretty scary," Ramirez said. "I always tell my three kids - lock the door, even if you go downstairs for one minute."
It was still light outside Sunday night when investigators said a 20-year-old woman ran downstairs and outside to get something out of a car. She was only gone a minute, but didn't lock the door. It was enough time for a stranger to walk into her apartment where he hid until the attack.
The woman told police her attacker came up behind her from the kitchen and covered her mouth as she began to scream.
The man had a pocket knife, as he blindfolded her and tied her hands behind her back, ordering her to the ground, according to a police report.
She then told police that the man pulled off her pants. When the man started raping her, she blacked out and said, when she woke up about 8 p.m., he was gone.
The woman drove to her roommate's work where she waited for her to get off work, then she headed to Kansas City's North Patrol to report the rape to police. The woman told police she was unable to describe her assailant because his arms were covered and he was wearing gloves.
The assault happened just a few miles away from an attack last month, however, police say, there is no reason at this time to believe the two are related.
This attack comes just three weeks and three miles from a rape at the Tanglewood Apartments where a man choked and raped a 26-year-old woman on a patio at gunpoint.
Kansas City police said, despite the close proximity, they really don't have any reason to believe the two rapes were committed by the same man - though they're checking into it. Both men concealed their identity and wore gloves so there's not a good suspect description to pass along.
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