Man, woman charged with rape in Overland Park - KCTV5

Man, woman charged with rape in Overland Park

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Zachary A. Williams, 26, and Noni J. Winnie, 37, appeared before a judge in Johnson County District Court on Monday. Each were charged with one count of rape. Zachary A. Williams, 26, and Noni J. Winnie, 37, appeared before a judge in Johnson County District Court on Monday. Each were charged with one count of rape.
OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

A man and woman from Overland Park have been charged with rape.

Zachary A. Williams, 26, and Noni J. Winnie, 37, appeared before a judge in Johnson County District Court on Monday. Each were charged with one count of rape.

"Seen a couple cop cars parked over there all day long but didn't have any idea what they were doing," Seth Kern said.

Kern and his friends first noticed police at his apartment complex near West 120th Street and Quivira Road Saturday morning. When the officers never left all day, they started to get a little suspicious.

"Makes me curious about what is going on in the area. With cops there all day long, it gets a little sketchy," Kern said.

Police were called to Kern's neighbor's apartment Saturday morning. A woman in her 20s told police she met Winnie and Williams at a bar Friday night.

The woman was intoxicated, and according to police, the couple took the woman to their apartment where she says she was raped by both Winnie and Williams.

"We are lucky in our country we don't see a lot of these, but at the same time, it is important for all people to take the necessary steps to protect yourself and make sure you don't get in a situation where this could happen," said Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe.

Winnie is also accused of interfering with the investigation and damaging a wall and switch plate at the police department after she was brought to the station for questioning.

Police and prosecutors are withholding the name of the bar where the three reportedly met, because they want to protect the identity of the victim and believe releasing the location could compromise her privacy.

"That is one of the reasons why Kansas statutes are in place to protect the identity and protect them from being victimized again by virtue of the serious nature of the offense and egregious nature of harm done to victims of sexual assault," Howe said.

Both of the accused are due back in court Jan. 16.

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