Two men arrested on rape, other felony charges after weekend incident in Lawrence

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A Lawrence police car sits outside a crime scene in this file photo from 2009.

Story updated at 2:03 p.m. Monday

Two men were arrested on rape and other serious felony charges this weekend, after a woman told police she’d been held against her will.

About 6:30 a.m. Saturday, Lawrence police responded to a report of suspicious activity in progress at Hy-Vee, 4000 W. Sixth St., Sgt. Amy Rhoads said.

The woman had asked for help from a store employee, who called police, Rhoads said in an email. The woman told officers that she’d been held against her will, and that, during that time, “a series of alleged criminal events took place,” Rhoads said.

Two men were arrested and booked into the Douglas County Jail later Saturday in connection with the incident.

One, a 44-year-old Lawrence resident, was arrested in the 300 block of Maine Street on suspicion of rape, aggravated criminal sodomy, kidnapping, criminal threat and battery causing bodily harm, jail records indicate. He was being held Monday on $150,000 bond.

The second man, a 50-year-old Lawrence resident, was arrested in the 800 block of Michigan Street on suspicion of aggravated assault and aggravated battery with a weapon, causing great bodily harm, according to jail records. His bond was listed as $25,000.

Neither man had been charged as of Monday morning, according to a search of Douglas County District Court records. The courthouse was closed Monday for the holiday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Rhoads said she did not immediately have information about whether the woman suffered physical injuries or, if so, how severe.

Contact Journal-World public safety reporter Sara Shepherd