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Carjacking, rape reported in City Market area

Kansas City police are looking for a gunman who stole a car from a man returning home to the City Market area early today.

The 26-year-old victim parked his 2003 Infiniti in the 200 block of Walnut Street about 2:20 a.m. and was preparing to step out of his car when he felt the cold steel of a gun pressed against the side of his head. The gunman grabbed the driver by the back of his shirt, pulled him out of the car, jumped inside and sped east on Second Street.

The carjacking was one of two serious crimes that occurred within one block of each other near the City Market over the weekend. Police also are investigating a rape and robbery Saturday night. In that crime, a woman in her 20s told police she was exiting her parked car at Second Street and Grand Boulevard about 6:30 p.m. when she a knife-wielding man attacked her. He grabbed her from behind, held the knife against her neck and marched her to the riverfront walkway, where he shoved her into the woods and raped her. Afterward, he rifled through her wallet and stole her driver’s license and hundreds of dollars that she had just withdrawn from an ATM.

The woman said her attacker had a deep voice, no facial hair and “smelled like a homeless person.” He was black, 6 feet tall or taller with a heavy build and wore dark gray or green pants with a black hooded sweatshirt and black leather gloves.

Police searched the area, including several small homeless camps nearby, but didn’t find a suspect.

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