Man is accused of raping 20-year-old woman at KC motel in 2012

05/27/2014 8:15 PM

06/03/2014 10:17 AM

Using new DNA evidence, Jackson County prosecutors on Tuesday accused a Kansas City man of raping a 20-year-old woman at gunpoint in a motel in 2012.

The victim told police she agreed to meet a female friend, whom she had met two weeks prior, to “chill” on Oct. 27, 2012, according to court records. The friend picked her up, then picked up the friend’s boyfriend, whom the victim did not know.

Once at the Crown Lodge motel at 8500 Blue Parkway, the friend took a shower and the boyfriend raped and sodomized the victim at gunpoint, she said. The pair then drove her to a residence in Kansas to try to “prostitute her out,” court records said.

Instead, the victim borrowed the would-be-john’s cellphone and called for a cab. She slipped out the back door and took the cab to a hospital, where she underwent a rape exam.

The “friend” later texted the victim, saying: “You wasn’t going to get away that easy,” according to court records.

Police recently got a hit from a national DNA database that linked Anthony G. Burch, 29, to the crime, officials from the prosecutor’s office said.

On Tuesday, prosecutors charged Burch with forcible rape, forcible sodomy and unlawful possession of a firearm because he is a convicted felon. Burch denied any sexual contact with the victim, court records said.

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

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