Wichita teen escapes after being kidnapped and raped

Crime

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Police say a 15-year-old girl was walking home Monday when a man approached her, held a knife to her, forced her into his car and sexually assaulted her.

Police say they got the call of an abduction in the area of 300 North Volutsia around 6:20 p.m.

Officers began searching and saw a girl jump out of the car that was leaving the area. She ran towards officers while the driver fled in the car.

“She did a tremendous job of getting out of the vehicle, locating the officers and telling them what happened,” said Captain Brent Allred. “She’s a very brave young lady.”

The girl told police she was first approached by the man as she walked to a nearby Dillons.

“She thought he was acting suspicious the initial time that he tried to contact her,” Allred said. “She went into the Dillons, was walking back home, when he reapproached her the second time and forced her into the vehicle at knifepoint.”

After she escaped, the girl was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Officers located her phone in a parking lot. They were then able to find surveillance video in order to get a tag number on the car.

Police say that led them to the 1900 block of North Lorraine where they found the car and Anthony Seymour, 58.

Officers arrested Seymour and booked him on suspicion of kidnapping, rape, aggravated battery, aggravated criminal sodomy and a Kansas Department of Corrections arrest and detain order.

In 2004, Seymour was convicted of raping a 14 year old in Sedgwick County.

He was released from prison in 2016, rearrested for a parole violation in January of 2018, and then released in May of 2018.

Police say Seymour was on parole and is a registered sex offender.

The new case is still under investigation. Police say when they are finished, they will present the case to the district attorney’s office.

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