A man impersonating a police officer followed a woman home from the Power & Light entertainment district this month, told her she was under arrest and sexually assaulted her, according to court records released Thursday.
By CHRISTINE VENDEL
The Kansas City Star
Platte County prosecutors charged Grant C. Rader, 34, with deviate sexual sodomy, a felony, and false impersonation of a police officer, a misdemeanor, in an attack about 3:30 a.m. March 8 near the victim’s Kansas City home in the 3800 block of Northwest Barry Road.
Rader was in jail Thursday on a $25,000 bond. He requested a bond reduction Wednesday, which the court denied.
Police are trying to determine whether other women have been victimized but have not reported the crimes. Anyone with information should call detectives at 816-234-5220.
According to the court records:
The 25-year-old victim told police she was celebrating her birthday at the Power & Light district when she got into an argument with her sister, who left her without a ride. She was “slightly intoxicated,” took a cab home and was met at her apartment complex by a friend making sure she got home safely.
A man pulled up in a red pickup truck and announced he was an undercover detective. He had a laptop rigged between the seats in his truck and a police scanner on, so the victim and her friend believed he was an officer. He said the woman was under arrest for the altercation with her sister, even though the dispute did not turn physical.
The woman’s friend tried for 20 minutes to convince the “officer” to let her friend go, but the man insisted and drove away with the woman.
The man pulled over and said he needed to search the woman. He made her partly remove her clothing. He then said he would not take her to jail if she agreed to have sex with him. When she refused, he allegedly sodomized her. He eventually dropped her off in her parking lot.
The friend drove to a police station to bail out the victim, but the victim never arrived.
The cab driver later told detectives that he overheard the pickup driver state: “Everything is all right. I am a cop,” according to court records.
Rader told police that he went to the entertainment district with a friend and that he has mutual friends with the victim. He said he did not remember parts of the evening in question because of his “alcohol intake.” He said any contact between him and the victim was consensual, according to court records. He said he “thinks he went home after that but was unsure.”
An online search of Rader’s name turns up a blog posted by a woman in March 2011 warning women against dating or associating with Rader, whose photo also is posted. He previously lived in Springfield.
Police said people pulled over by officers should ask for police identification. The officer should be in a marked vehicle with lights. When in doubt, people should call 911. They can drive slowly with their flashers on while asking a 911 dispatcher about a suspicious traffic stop, police said.
“If you feel uneasy, ask for a supervisor or other officers,” a police press release suggested. “If a situation doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t.”
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