Two fast food workers confronted a man who was allegedly raping a woman at a nearby park and helped stop the brutal attack.
John Quinn and Robert McDanield were hauling out trash at the Wendy's off Highway 24 in Independence about 7 p.m. Saturday. They spotted two people down the hill at nearby Brady Park, which is off Highway 24 near River Boulevard.
"It was Robbie that realized that the lady wasn't moving and this guy was on top of her naked," Quinn said. "It was nothing that no one should have to go through or see in their life."
They told a coworker to call 911. They tried yelling to get the man to stop but that was unsuccessful. That's when they leaped into action and confronted Bryan Raines, who was allegedly raping the woman. The three men got in a fist fight.
"Me and Robbie were just beating on him, stepping on him, all kinds of stuff," Quinn said.
Their manager ordered them to stop so they did. The bleeding suspect staggered out of the park. Independence police arrested Raines less than a mile away.
The workers recognized the woman as a regular customer. Quinn said the woman had been beaten badly and was barely conscious.
"I just hope she'll be OK that she'll be able to heal and go on with her life," Quinn said.
McDaniel was out of town Monday dealing with a family emergency.
Quinn shrugged off the notion that he and McDaniel are heroes.
"It was only the right thing to do. If we hadn't gone out there, it could have been a lot worse," Quinn said. "The lady could have been there in that field not breathing."
The blood-soaked victim told the first arriving officers that Raines beat and raped her before she passed out. She was taken to Centerpoint Medical Center for treatment.
Raines is being held in the Jackson County Jail on $500,000 bond, which was set by a judge during Raines' first court appearance Monday afternoon. He was charged with first-degree rape and sodomy.
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