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Two men charged in Johnson County deputy's abduction, rape

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Two men have been charged in connection with the abduction and rape of a Johnson County Sheriff’s deputy. Two men have been charged in connection with the abduction and rape of a Johnson County Sheriff’s deputy.
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Two men have been charged in connection with the abduction and rape of a Johnson County Sheriff’s deputy.

William Luth, 24, and Brady Newman-Caddell, 21, both face aggravated kidnapping, two counts of rape and aggravated sodomy. They have both been held on a $1 million bond.

The deputy, who is in her 20s, was abducted outside the Johnson County Jail in Olathe at 11:30 p.m. Friday. 

The off-duty deputy had just parked her car and was walking to work from the parking lot to the central booking building where she worked. Then, a white man in the car forced the deputy into the car against her will.

She was in the car for two hours with her face covered, sexually assaulted by both men and then released in Lee's Summit near Interstate 470 and Northeast Woods Chapel Road.

Investigators have no evidence they were targeting her by name or occupation but think they followed her from a QuikTrip down the street.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp said the deputy was dropped off just a half a mile away from his department's headquarters. 

She kept walking in her battered condition until she saw the lights coming from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. That's when she knew she was safe.

"She got dropped off in a very dark, remote location and she just started walking toward the light,” said Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp. "It was very fortunate that we had somebody there that was able to bring her in and make her feel safe again. I can't imagine what she went through. I know that she had to be terrified."

Sharp said everybody is taking it personal.

"We all have daughters, mothers, sisters, nieces, and it affects us all,” said Sharp, talking about the night they were called to help a fellow deputy after a horrific attack.

A massive manhunt lasted throughout the weekend. Investigators were looking for the men in a blue car who they said abducted the deputy outside the Johnson County Jail and sexually assaulted her for two hours before finally letting her go.

It was Monday night when two search warrants were served. One in Independence, and the other at the Collier Group Home in Blue Springs. Investigators took Luth and Newman-Caddell into custody.

Neighbors of Newman- Caddell say they didn't know him well but couldn't believe what he's accused of.

"That is very shocking for me to hear. I'm glad they caught the guys. They deserve to catch the guys for sure,” Terri Frazee said.

Sharp says the break in the case came from tips from the public and says the working relationship between Jackson and Johnson counties was extraordinary.

“It's been a great working relationship to finally get this thing closed up on at least her end,” he said.

Newman-Caddell lived with his parents on this block in Independence, according to neighbors, who told us they had seen the same model and color car there.

"I'm glad they've caught the guys," said neighbor Terri Frazee. "They deserve to catch the guys for sure."

The 21-year-old's most recent Facebook post, last month, said, "All that I'm after is a life full of laughter." We could not find any criminal record for him.

The 24-year-old's Facebook page shows he's married with a toddler son. Illinois court records show he was charged with making a bomb threat when he was 18, but it was reduced to a misdemeanor of giving false information.

His last known address was at this 15-bed assisted living facility in Blue Springs - which database searches show is connected to his wife's family.

The deputy was able to give a description of her attackers to investigators, but the Johnson County Sheriff's Department says the tip that led to arrests came from someone who saw it on the news.

The deputy was working with a sketch artist, which takes time, and DNA testing takes even longer. However, what worked faster was an image of a newer model Mazda, that was shared and shared again on social media.

A blurry image of a car at a gas station was pushed out by the sheriff's department. Local news organizations did the same.

More than 150,000 people saw the image on KCTV5.com. It made 15,000 impressions on KCTV5’s Twitter account and reached 440,000 people through seven KCTV5 Facebook reports. One post was shared more than 1,000 times.

However, these are just KCTV5 numbers. Other news outlets did the same push.

So one can see how the image was easily seen more than a million times in the Kansas City viewing area and quite possibly 2 million in a just a few days.

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