Man charged with rape, kidnapping in Olathe attacks on women

08/10/2014 6:01 PM

08/10/2014 8:01 PM

A 22-year-old Overland Park man has been charged with raping an Olathe woman in her apartment last month and kidnapping and attempting to rape another woman late last year.

Johnson County prosecutors charged Jesse M. Akins III with 11 felony counts stemming from the two attacks that occurred about 2 miles apart along the 119th Street corridor in Olathe.

Akins was arrested Thursday and booked into the Johnson County Jail, where he was being held on a bond of $2 million.

The charges filed Saturday in Johnson County District Court allege that on July 24, a man broke into a 25-year-old woman’s apartment in the 1700 block of North Lennox Drive. He was armed with a metal rod and raped and sodomized the woman multiple times. She was also beaten and robbed of cash. After the attacker fled, the woman was able to summon help. She was hospitalized with serious injuries.

Akins is charged with three counts of rape, three counts of aggravated criminal sodomy, aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery in the July attack.

The other incident occurred Dec. 5 in the 11800 block of South Shannan Street.

A 21-year-old woman was getting into her car when a man armed with a knife forced her into the vehicle. He then drove them to the rear of a nearby business, where she was forced into the back seat of the vehicle. The attacker forced her to get on her hands and knees and tore off her pants and underwear, according to court documents.

The attacker then ordered the woman to hand over whatever money she had. He then drove them back to where he had initially approached her and fled the area on foot.

Akins is charged in that case with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery and attempted rape.

His first court appearance is scheduled for Monday afternoon.

To reach Tony Rizzo, call 816-234-4435 or send email to trizzo@kcstar.com.

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