KANSAS CITY, Mo.—
A Kansas City, Missouri, man faces felony sexual assault charges after he allegedly raped a woman on a city sidewalk in broad daylight.
According to police, Melvin L. Jackson, 49, allegedly had sex with the unconscious woman on a sidewalk outside of a vacant business at 3400 Troost around 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
Two witnesses who flagged down a patrol car say that they saw the woman curled up in a fetal position, with Jackson on top of her with his pants and underwear around his ankles, having sex with her.
When Kansas City Missouri Police arrived on the scene, authorities say that Jackson told them, "I thought that lady was dead."
Police say that the victim told them that she was walking with a friend when she felt light-headed and passed-out in a shaded area. She says that she has no memory of the alleged attack, but that she was told by witnesses that Jackson was having sex with her, and that when she awoke she was no longer wearing her underwear. She was taken to an area hospital for an examination.
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"I've been prosecutor for a long time, so you kinda get to the point where not a lot surprises you," said Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker. "This is a new one. This is not one that I've seen come through before."
Peters-Baker says that the two Good Samaritans who stepped up to help should be commended.
"There were witnesses that saw this happening, and they stepped up and reported it. They gave help to this woman," she said.
Jackson is in custody in the Jackson County Jail in lieu of $70,000 cash-only bond.
In: Regional News
Tags: Rape, sidewalk, thought, dead, Kansas City, Mo
Location: Kansas City, Missouri, United States (load item map)
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