Authorities arrested a 23-year-old Kansas City, Mo., man and are seeking a second suspect in the kidnapping and rape Thursday of a 36-year-old Douglas County woman.
Douglas County sheriff's officers reported the attack occurred between 4:20 p.m. and 4:34 p.m. Thursday when the woman arrived home from work and surprised two men who were burglarizing her home about four miles west of Lawrence on Douglas County Road 438.
A sheriff's spokesman said that when the woman arrived, one of the men held a knife to her and pulled her out of her car. The three went into the house, where the rape occurred.
The spokesman said officers were not sure whether both men attacked the woman.
After the attack, sheriff's officers reported, the men left and the woman called authorities. The men took a videocassette recorder, a television and an electric organ valued together at $2,560.
The spokesman said the woman told officers the men were driving a red car with no license plate.
Shortly after the woman reported the incident, Leavenworth County sheriff's officers received a call about a red car that had stopped 2 to three miles east of Tonganoxie.
Leavenworth County Undersheriff Ron Cranor said an officer responded to the call and saw a man trying to put gasoline in a red car with no license plate. When the man saw the officer, Cranor said, he ran into the woods.
Minutes later, Cranor said, another man came back to the car and was arrested.
Cranor said the man who was arrested had gotten a ride to Tonganoxie to get oil for the automobile.
Cranor said the man was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Clay County, Mo., for attempted burglary. He was being held in the Leavenworth County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bond on that charge. Formal charges in the rape and burglary have not been filed.
Authorities believe the items stolen from the woman's residence are in the car, Cranor said. This morning, he said, Douglas County authorities were attempting to get a warrant to search the car.