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KC man, 24, charged in February rape of 15-year-old

Updated: 2012-10-03T05:23:25Z

By CHRISTINE VENDEL

The Kansas City Star

Jackson County prosecutors on Tuesday accused a 24-year-old man of snatching a 15-year-old girl from a playground in February, dragging her to a townhome and raping her.

The attack he’s accused of occurred sometime after 6:45 a.m. on Feb. 16 in the 400 block of Tracy Avenue in Kansas City.

Police arrested Christopher L. Spears of Kansas City on Sunday after DNA tests allegedly linked him to the crime. Prosecutors on Monday charged him with forcible rape and statutory rape. He remained in jail Tuesday in lieu of a $250,000 bond. Court records gave this account:

The morning of the attack, the victim told police she was waiting at her bus stop near 5th and Tracy streets, but the bus never came. She believed she missed the bus so she began walking home. She stopped at a playground behind some townhomes and tied her shoe. When she stood up, a stranger was standing next to her.

He grabbed her arm and dragged her to a townhome.

“You gonna come stay with me until I gotta go to work,” the man allegedly said.

Inside the townhome, he held her down on a couch, took off her pants and raped her while ignoring her pleas for him to stop. He stopped when his phone rang, she said.

He looked at it and said, “I got to go to work.”

The victim got dressed and was trying to walk out the back door when the man grabbed her arm again. He told her he was going to find her when he got off work at 4 p.m., then shoved her out the door.

The girl stood outside, still in shock. A maintenance man later found her “upset and scared” at the playground, according to police reports. He took her to the complex office and called police.

Police determined where the attack occurred and interviewed the person leasing the townhome, who said that Spears had been staying there since Feb. 13. She said Spears drove her car to work that morning at Denny’s.

Meanwhile, a friend called Spears at Denny’s and told him that police were coming to arrest him. Spears reportedly told the friend that he had sex before work, but denied raping anyone.

Police started driving to the Denny’s and found Spears at a gas station along the way, according to court records.

The victim was unable to pick Spears’ photo from a photo array, so he was released.

On July 31, the crime lab confirmed Spears was the source of DNA evidence found on the victim.

To reach Christine Vendel, call 816-234-4438 or email cvendel@kcstar.com.

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