Kansas City police were called shortly before 7 a.m. to an apartment complex at Northwest 79th Terrace and North Hickory Street in the city's Northland. (Heather Staggers/KCTV5 News)
Clay County prosecutors charged 30-year-old Marcus J. Simms with first-degree tampering, a Class C felony.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
A man reportedly naked and covered in blood after a woman was found dead inside a Northland apartment complex has been charged, but not with murder.
Clay County prosecutors charged 30-year-old Marcus J. Simms with first-degree tampering, a Class C felony. He is being held a $500,000 bond, which is unusually high for this type of crime.
He has not been charge in connection with the death of 31-year-old Michelle Boldrige, who was Simms' girlfriend.
Police have not said how the woman died.
Wednesday, Kansas City police were busy collecting evidence all morning and they remained on the scene for some time at the Northpointe Apartments, located near Northwest 79th Terrace and North Hickory Street. The apartments are located just west of U.S. Highway 169 and south of Barry Road.
It began about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday after tenants called police to report a naked man with visible blood on him banging on doors asking for help.
Audra, who didn't want to give her last name, says her boyfriend believes he heard the dying woman's cries.
"He heard her screaming for help. Apparently other neighbors had also heard her screaming for help. That's when they started calling police," she said.
Audra said she had very little contact with the victim, but the woman always seemed nice.
"The only time I really ever saw her was when she was going to get her mail and going back home. She just seemed really quiet and sweet," she said.
By the time police arrived, the man was gone. But what police found next was even more disturbing, a woman barely clinging to life.
Police won't say how she was hurt, but the woman died at the scene.
Less than an hour later, Parkville police responded to a stolen minivan that had run off the road and hit a sign near Highway 152 and Interstate 435. The driver was the same man police believe callers reported earlier who was naked with blood on his body. He stayed at the scene, but couldn't explain why he ran off the road.
According to court documents, about 7:23 a.m. a bus driver for the Liberty Public School District said she saw motion outside her bus' door. She looked up to see a naked man.
The bus driver yelled at the man to go away and said he replied "You don't understand, someone just killed my girlfriend."
Tamara Lee was monitoring a school bus for Liberty Public Schools when she got a call from work that her van was stolen.
"Unfortunately they told me all the details of the death that had taken place," Lee said. "By the grace of God, I wasn't in my car when it happened."
Lee says her van was stolen about 8 a.m. Court documents say surveillance video showed a naked man run into the south gate of the fenced lot where the bus driver told them she had yelled at him. The man then leaves the view of the camera and a few seconds later a silver minivan is driven off the parking lot.
Police are processing evidence from Lee's stolen van, which she shares with her daughter.
After the man was taken to the hospital, police began questioning him about the woman's death.
One tenant in a nearby apartment complex didn't want to give her name, but said she saw him.
"...and when I looked over that way he was running across the grass," the tenant said.
She said about 7 a.m. she heard someone pounding on her door. She and her husband thought it might have been kids but, when she looked out, she saw everything.
"Butt naked. And I thought, 'am I seeing what I'm seeing?'" the tenant said.
The man left something police later gathered as evidence.
"There was blood on our door and on almost every one of the doors in the apartments in this building," the tenant said.
Simms worked as an assistant basketball coach for the Platte County School District's freshman team. He worked at the district from October 2011 through February.
The district did not say why he left the district. Counseling has been made available to students. Click here to see the district's entire statement.
KCTV5's DeAnn Smith contributed to this report.
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