- by theguardian
- 30 Nov 2022
The woman, who has not been named, escaped on 7 October after about a month in captivity, still wearing a metal collar locked with a padlock that authorities had to remove.
Around the time she went missing, several prominent community leaders raised concerns about the disappearance of multiple Black women and girls. Last month, the Kansas City Defender, a nonprofit newsroom, published a video of Bishop Tony Caldwell saying that he had received information that the missing women had all been kidnapped from Prospect Avenue in Kansas City.
In fact the survivor, who is referred to as TJ in court documents, said Haslett picked her up on Prospect Avenue in early September.
Haslett, a scruffy looking white man with dark brown hair and a greying beard, was detained and last week pleaded not guilty to charges including rape, kidnap and assault.
Excelsior Springs police are now investigating the possibility that at least two more women were similarly victimized.
Furthermore, the US justice department is currently investigating Kansas City police department for alleged racism against Black officers.
After escaping about 8am on 7 October, TJ sought help from neighbours, who wrapped her in a blanket, gave her food and called the police.