Suspects in rape, kidnap of Johnson County deputy make first appearance
Police are looking for additional victims of the two men charged in the kidnapping and rape of a Johnson County sheriff’s deputy, Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe said Wednesday morning at a news conference.
William David Luth, 24, of Blue Springs, and Brady Allen Newman-Caddell, 21, of Independence, were charged Tuesday in Johnson County District Court with two counts of rape and single counts of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sodomy.
Bond for each was set at $1 million.
The public was instrumental in finding the men, officials said. Now police are urging other victims to come forward.
“We know there are other victim or victims,” Howe said. “Now that these two individuals are in custody, we are asking that if people have had contact with these two individuals, that they contact TIPS Hotline or the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.”
“I can’t talk about why we believe this, but I will tell you that we feel like now hopefully with these two being in custody that we can empower those individuals to come forward and talk to law enforcement about what happened to them,” Howe said.
Studies have shown that people who commit these kinds of crimes don’t do them in isolation, Howe said.
“We have good information that leads us to believe there were others,” he said.
Howe would not discuss the facts of the case, citing strict Kansas laws preventing him from releasing details.
The deputy, who is in her 20s and has only been with the sheriff’s office for six months, was abducted about 11:30 p.m. Friday from a parking lot as she was headed into work at Central Booking at 101 N. Kansas Ave. in downtown Olathe. Officials said the deputy, who was not in uniform, had stopped at a QuikTrip on Santa Fe Street near Interstate 35 in Olathe before heading to work.
The deputy is doing “OK,” Sheriff Frank Denning said with a heavy voice.
“Obviously we are trying to protect her the best we can because it has been a significant emotional event. It’s very tragic and traumatic, and we are trying to afford her time for her family and her friends.”
Police have recovered a bag of the deputy’s work-related gear. They are not worried that anyone can impersonate a sheriff’s deputy, Howe said.
Howe also asked the public to call the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office or the TIPS Hotline if they had any contact with the suspects around Oct. 7, when the crime occurred.
The men appeared in Johnson County District Court on Wednesday afternoon to make their first court appearance. Luth was represented by a private attorney, David Bell, and Newman-Caddell asked to have an attorney appointed. They did not enter a plea, and neither asked for a bond reduction.
A person reached by phone at Luth’s Blue Springs home declined to comment on the case. A relative of Newman-Caddell declined to speak with a reporter. Both men worked in local restaurants, according to court records.
They will next appear in court on Oct. 20.
Calling the abduction and sexual assault an “ambush,” Denning said this week that they do not think it was a targeted attack, but the deputy’s abductors appeared to be looking for a victim.
Surveillance video from the convenience store showed a dark blue Mazda 3 sedan pull up to a gas pump, but no one got out to pump gas. When the deputy drove off, the sedan also pulled out.
Luth and Newman-Caddell allegedly followed her for 1.5 miles.
The deputy was then abducted in the parking lot. After she was forced into the car, her eyes were covered with a sweatshirt and she was driven around while being sexually assaulted.
Her abductors released her about 1:30 a.m. Sunday near Interstate 470 and Northeast Woods Chapel Road in Lee’s Summit.
Investigators said they received DNA evidence that was submitted to the lab for testing.
Police arrested Luth and Newman-Caddell Monday night in Jackson County. Authorities also found the vehicle allegedly used in the Friday night abduction and sexual assault.